(Pec`ca*bil"i*ty) n. The state or quality of being peccable; lability to sin.

The common peccability of mankind.
Dr. H. More.

(Pec"ca*ble) a. [Cf. F. peccable. See Peccant.] Liable to sin; subject to transgress the divine law. "A frail and peccable mortal." Sir W. Scott.

(Pec`ca*dil"lo) n.; pl. Peccadillos [Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado a sin, fr. L. peccatum. See Peccant.] A slight trespass or offense; a petty crime or fault. Sir W. Scott.

(Pec"can*cy) n. [L. peccantia.]

1. The quality or state of being peccant.

2. A sin; an offense. W. Montagu.

(Pec"cant) a. [L. peccans, -antis, p. pr. of peccare to sin: cf. F. peccant.]

1. Sinning; guilty of transgression; criminal; as, peccant angels. Milton.

2. Morbid; corrupt; as, peccant humors. Bacon.

3. Wrong; defective; faulty. [R.] Ayliffe.

(Pec"cant), n. An offender. [Obs.] Whitlock.

(Pec"cant*ly), adv. In a peccant manner.

(Pec"ca*ry) n.; pl. Peccaries [From the native South American name: cf. F. pécari, Sp. pecar.] (Zoöl.) A pachyderm of the genus Dicotyles.

The collared peccary, or tajacu (Dicotyles torquatus), is about the size and shape of a small hog, and has a white ring aroung the neck. It ranges from Arkansas to Brazil. A larger species with white cheeks, is found in South America.

(||Pec*ca"vi) [L.] I have sinned; — used colloquially to express confession or acknowledgment of an offense. Aubrey.

(Pec"co) n. See Pekoe.

(Peck), n. [Perh. akin to pack; or, orig., an indefinite quantity, and fr. peck, v. (below): cf. also F. picotin a peak.]

1. The fourth part of a bushel; a dry measure of eight quarts; as, a peck of wheat. "A peck of provender." Shak.

2. A great deal; a large or excessive quantity. "A peck of uncertainties and doubts." Milton.

(Peck), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pecked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pecking.] [See Pick, v.]

1. To strike with the beak; to thrust the beak into; as, a bird pecks a tree.

2. Hence: To strike, pick, thrust against, or dig into, with a pointed instrument; especially, to strike, pick, etc., with repeated quick movements.

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