\ ˈbēk How to pronounce beak (audio) \

Definition of beak

1a : the bill of a bird especially : a strong short broad bill
b(1) : the elongated sucking mouth of some insects (such as the true bugs)
(2) : any of various rigid projecting mouth structures (as of a turtle)
c : the human nose
2 : a pointed structure or formation:
a : a metal-pointed beam projecting from the bow especially of an ancient galley for piercing an enemy ship
b : the spout of a vessel
c : a continuous slight architectural projection ending in an arris — see molding illustration
d : a process suggesting the beak of a bird
3 chiefly British

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beaked \ ˈbēkt How to pronounce beaked (audio) \ adjective
beaky \ ˈbē-​kē How to pronounce beaky (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of beak in a Sentence

the beak of a hawk an actor with a big beak
Recent Examples on the Web The few known skulls of elaphrosaurs show that the youngsters had teeth, but that the adults lost their teeth and replaced them with a horny beak. Fox News, "Unusual 'toothless' dinosaur discovered in Australia," 19 May 2020 Still downy, the young bird sports a long beak, which is slightly parted and tilting toward the noonday sun. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 21 Apr. 2020 Combine that with a snapping beak, a protective shell and a closet full of moisture-wicking clothing (thanks, to that big-money deal with Under Armour) and Testudo can last all night in the ring. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "There's a Big Ten mascot brawl: Here's who'd be left standing," 29 Mar. 2020 The distinctive design comes in a variety of forms, including wall sconces, floor lamps, and ceiling-mount fixtures, all featuring thin, angular arms and metal shades with a beak-like shape. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Duckbill Light Fixtures Offer a Fresh Take on Mid-Century Design," 16 Apr. 2020 Aided by their agile bodies, long necks and sharp, quick beaks, the birds can pluck snails from vines and trunks, wriggling between rows of plants with an indefatigable spirit. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Army of Hungry Ducks Keeps This Historic South African Vineyard Pest-Free," 23 Mar. 2020 The scientists report the likely presence of beaks in many of these species. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Giant sauropod dinosaurs may have sported turtlelike beaks," 10 Oct. 2019 The banner clasped in the bird’s beak is left blank. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "Why artist Pilar Castillo made this hyper-real but very fake U.S. passport," 16 Apr. 2020 The bird-like skull of Oculudentavis khaungraae, a new species pictured above, prominently displays the creature’s beak. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Could Be the World’s Smallest Dinosaur," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of beak

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for beak

Middle English bec, from Anglo-French, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin

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“Beak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beak

: the hard usually pointed parts that cover a bird's mouth
informal + humorous : a person's nose


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Kids Definition of beak

1 : the bill of a bird an eagle's beak
2 : a part shaped like or resembling a bird's bill a turtle's beak

Other Words from beak

beaked \ ˈbēkt \ adjective a long-beaked bird

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