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beak

(bēk),
1. The nose of pliers used in dentistry for contouring and adjusting wrought or cast metal dental appliances.
2. Sometimes used to describe a beak-shaped anatomic structure.
[L. beccus]

beak

(bēk)
n.
a. The bill of a bird, especially one that is strong and curved, such as that of a hawk or a finch.
b. A similar structure in other animals, such as turtles, insects, or fish.

beaked (bēkt) adj.

beak

  1. (also called bill) the jaws and associated horny covering in a bird or turtle.
  2. any pointed projection in plant fruits.
  3. a projecting jawbone in fish such as pike.
  4. the tip of the UMBO in bivalve molluscs.
  5. the jaws of a CEPHALOPOD such as the octopus.

beak

(bēk)
1. Nose of pliers used in dentistry to contour and adjust wrought or cast metal dental appliances.
2. Sometimes used to describe any beak-shaped anatomic structure.
[L. beccus]
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Genetic diversity of beak and feather disease virus detected in psittacine species in Australia [published correction appears in Virology.
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We used tools that worked the same way as different bird beaks do: tweezers, straws, chopsticks, and forks.
Caption: This toucan got a replacement beak after an attack left her badly injured.
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Psittacosaurus, an early member of the horned-dinosaur group that includes the massive Triceratops, had a short face and a strong beak to eat plants, and boasted bristly long filaments above the tail.
These are converted into red ketocarotenoids which are then deposited in beaks and feathers, giving a red tint to that part of the bird.
Genetic variants of the HMGA2 gene control beak size in the birds, evolutionary geneticist Leif Andersson and colleagues now report.
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