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Pronunciation: /ˈtāpər/Translate taper | into French | into German | into Italian | into Spanish
Origin:Old English (denoting any wax candle), dissimilated form (by alteration of p- to t-) of Latin papyrus
(see papyrus), the pith of which was used for candle wicks
- The horny, projecting structure forming the mandibles of a bird, especially one that is strong, sharp, and useful in striking and tearing; a bill.
- A similar structure in other animals, such as turtles, insects, or fish.
- A usually firm, tapering tip on certain plant structures, such as some seeds and fruits.
- A beaklike structure or part, as:
- The spout of a pitcher.
- A metal or metal-clad ram projecting from the bow of an ancient warship.
- Informal. The human nose.
- Chiefly British Slang.
- A schoolmaster.
- A judge.
[Middle English bek, from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, of Celtic origin.]beaked beaked (bēkt) adj.