noun Etymology: Middle English bec, from Anglo-French, from Latin beccus, of Gaulish origin Date: 13th century 1. a. the bill of a bird; especially a strong short broad bill b. (1) the elongated sucking mouth of some insects (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 a. magistrate b. headmasterbeaked adjectivebeaky adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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