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Peck, vb. 1) to strike with the beak; trans.: H6C I, 4, 41. Cor. III, 1, 139. Ant. III, 13, 197. Cymb. V, 3, 93. Absol.: “doves will p. in safeguard of their brood,” H6C II, 2, 18. With at: “for daws to p. at.” Oth. I, 1, 65.
2) to pick up food with the beak: “when beasts most graze, birds best p.” LLL I, 1, 239. Trans.: “this fellow --s up wit as pigeons pease,” V, 2, 315 (Ff Q2 picks).
3) to strike? or to throw? “I'll p. you o'er the pales else,” H8 V, 4, 94 (most M. Edd. pick; the porter's speech).
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