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behead

[ bih-hed ]
/ b瑟藞h蓻d /
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verb (used with object)
to cut off the head of; kill or execute by decapitation.
Geology. (of a pirate stream) to divert the headwaters of (a river, stream, etc.).
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Origin of behead

before 1000; Middle English behe(f)den,beheveden,Old English beh膿afdian.See be-, head

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British Dictionary definitions for behead

behead
/ (b瑟藞h蓻d) /

verb
(tr) to remove the head from; decapitate

Word Origin for behead

Old English beh膿afdian, from be- + heafod head; related to Middle High German behoubeten
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