de·​beak (ˌ)dē-ˈbēk How to pronounce debeak (audio)
debeaked; debeaking; debeaks

transitive verb

: to remove the tip of the upper mandible of (a bird, such as a chicken) to prevent cannibalism and fighting

Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of debeak was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Debeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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