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pluck

1. an abattoir term for the thoracic viscera plus the liver, after separation from the esophagus and the diaphragm. Includes the larynx, trachea, lungs, heart and liver, plus the spleen in sheep.
2. removal of the feathers from birds during the preparation of the carcass for meat. Scalding for 2 minutes in water plus detergent at 134°F is a great aid.
3. removal of wool from the carcass of a sheep dead long enough for the wool to become loose.
References in classic literature ?
So he plucked out the Prince's other eye, and darted down with it.
By Our Lady, he plucked up yon green tree as it were a barley straw.
John, however, put him aside with his left hand, and, stooping over the stone, he plucked it single-handed from its soft bed and swung it far into the stream.
Hordle John caught up the Lady Loring as though she had been a feather, and sprang with her into an open porch; while Aylward, with a whirl of French oaths, plucked at his quiver and tried to unsling his bow.
A scared man was the keeper; for, having chained the brute to a stake while he drank a stoup of ale at the inn, it had been baited by stray curs, until, in wrath and madness, it had plucked loose the chain, and smitten or bitten all who came in its path.
As they passed through the castle gate, John plucked at Aylward's sleeve, and the two fell behind.
Every competitor will take home the pheasant they've plucked, with the birds provided by a local shoot at the Rainford Hall estate.
Question: My four-year-old African grey parrot has been plucking his feathers over the last two months - he has plucked out almost all the feathers on his chest and underbelly.
Smith: (Addressing group while demonstrating the action) Have you ever plucked a flower?
A Brand Plucked from the Fire: The Life of Rabbi Herman E.
I CAN SYMPATHIZE with your frustration in trying to get all those "extra" geese plucked in a timely manner.
Most turkeys are plucked by machines these days but they tend to leave a few feathers on.