debeak

[dee-beek]

verb (used with object) Veterinary Medicine.

to remove the upper beak from (a bird) to prevent egg eating or attacks on other birds.

Nearby words

  1. debaucherous,
  2. debauchery,
  3. debbie,
  4. debbora,
  5. debe,
  6. debenture,
  7. debenture bond,
  8. debierne,
  9. debilitate,
  10. debilitating

Origin of debeak

First recorded in 1935–40; de- + beak

Related formsde·beak·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for debeaker

debeak

verb (tr)

to remove part of the beak of poultry to reduce the risk of such habits as feather-picking or cannibalism
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