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beak

1. the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
2. any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
3. Architect the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
4. Chem the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
5. Nautical another word for ram

beak

[bēk]
(botany)
Any pointed projection, as on some fruits, that resembles a bird bill.
(invertebrate zoology)
The tip of the umbo in bivalves.
(vertebrate zoology)
The bill of a bird or some other animal, such as the turtle.
A projecting jawbone element of certain fishes, such as the sawfish and pike.
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Examination of the beaks from birds in this study revealed that neuromas were present in the upper beak at 12, 28 and 66 weeks, although the extent and distribution of neuromas suggested that resorption had commenced by 28 weeks of age and in some birds had been completely resorbed by 66 weeks (Lunam, unpublished).
The resectoscope beak detachment in the bladder is a rare and unexpected occurrence.
When the beak was manipulated, a small amount of bleeding was noted from the caudal aspect of the tomium at the commissure of the mouth.
Grupo SG took 3D scans of Grecias damaged anatomy as well as of a reference beak from an unharmed toucan.
But beak shape didn't seem to play a role in surviving the drought, the team found.
In this study, we used beak microstructure of red flying squid to identify its spawning season and to examine age composition.
It took researchers three months to design the new beak, two hours to 3D-print it, and 40 minutes to attach it to Tieta's body.
Answer: Having a healthy beak means that your bird will be using it to eat, play and chew.
The bird, which has been taken for safety to Ponderosa farm at Heckmondwike, was left with just the top part of its beak and its tongue hanging out following the terrifying ordeal.
She said that this further allowed them to identify the importance of soft-tissue structures, like the keratinous beak, which are normally not preserved in fossils.
Fold the diamond in half into shape with an open beak and then attach it with glue.
WRITE TO PETS, SEVEN DAYS, SUNDAY MAIL, ONE CENTRAL QUAY,GLASGOW, G3 8DA (SORRY BUT VIVIAN CAN'T REPLY TO EVERYONE) I have a sulphur-crested cockatoo whose beak seems to be a bit long.