Behead Be*head", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beheaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beheading}.] [OE. bihefden, AS. behe['a]fdian; pref. be- + he['a]fod head. See {Head}.] To sever the head from; to take off the head of. [1913 Webster]

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