beak1 /biːk/


I. noun

1. a bird’s horny projecting jaws; a bill.

a parent bird with a caterpillar in its beak.
2. the horny projecting jaw of animals other than birds, for example a turtle or squid.
‹informal› a person’s nose

she can’t wait to stick her beak in.
4. a projection at the prow of an ancient warship, typically shaped to resemble the head of a bird or other animal, used to pierce the hulls of enemy ships.
II. derivatives

1. beaked /biːkt /

[in combination]

a yellow-beaked alpine chough
2. beak-like

– origin Middle English: from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Celtic origin.

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