The beak, bill or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which is used for eating and for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, fighting, probing for food, courtship and feeding young. The terms beak and rostrum are also used to refer to a similar mouthpart in some Ornithischian dinosaurs, monotremes, cephalopods (see Cephalopod beak), cetaceans, billfishes, pufferfishes, turtles, Anuran tadpoles and sirens.
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Famous quotes containing the word beak:
“Then the bird
breaks with his beak the thread
of dream within him,
and the tree unrolls
the shadow that will guard it
throughout the day.”
—Denise Levertov (b. 1923)
“His beak is focussed; he is preoccupied,
looking for something, something, something.
Poor bird, he is obsessed!”
—Elizabeth Bishop (19111979)