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peck

An obsolete, non-SI (International System) unit of dry volume; the imperial (UK) peck corresponds to 9.092 litres, while the US peck corresponds to 8.809 litres.
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And as the carter went on with the other two horses, she again crept under the tilt of the cart, and pecked out the bung of the second cask, so that all the wine ran out.
She identified some of the chickens, especially an obstreperous old hen who resented the thrust of the sow's muzzle, particularly pecked at the little pigs, and laid about her with a vengeance when the grain fell.
Beak trimmed pullets pecked more at the cage and had more toe pecks, yet overall pecks made at the feed and the environment were no different than untrimmed controls.
The male that pecked most often was declared the winner.