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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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The researchers could determine if the sounds were coming from a beaked whale, a sperm whale, or a boat passing through.
This spring, BMMS encountered a family of healthy Cuvier's beaked whales, the species most impacted by the sonar exercises, and one that has been ominously absent since.
According to the Whale Facts website, the Longman's beaked whale is one of the rarest among the entire cetacean species, which is comprised of over 80 different marine mammals and is made up of all species of whale, dolphin and porpoise.
Baird's beaked whale Berardius bairdii Stejneger, 1883: Arnoux's beaked whales Berardius arnuxii Duvernoy, 1851.
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The Navy has agreed that sonar in some situations may cause beaked whales to strand on beaches and die.
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The Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) is 1 of 4 species of the genus Mesoplodon (Family Ziphiidae) in the western North Atlantic.
Other than that the spade-toothed whale looks, to the untrained eye, like most beaked whales, which accounts for the initial confusion about what type of animal was found on the beach in 2010.
Navy's underwater test range in the Bahamas, beaked whales stopped their chirpy echolocations and fled the area, experiments employing a huge array of underwater microphones revealed.
The pilot whales' hunting tactics contrast with beaked whales, another family of similar-size, deep-diving squid eaters that ply nearby waters in the Canary Islands.