To peck at, to attack with petty and repeated blows; to carp at; to nag; to tease.

(Peck) n. A quick, sharp stroke, as with the beak of a bird or a pointed instrument.

(Peck"er) n.

1. One who, or that which, pecks; specif., a bird that pecks holes in trees; a woodpecker.

2. An instrument for pecking; a pick. Garth.

Flower pecker. (Zoöl.) See under Flower.

(Peck"ish), a. Inclined to eat; hungry. [Colloq.] "When shall I feel peckish again?" Beaconsfield.

(Pec"kled) a. Speckled; spotted. [Obs.]

(||Pe*cop"te*ris) n. [NL., fr. Gr. to comb + a kind of fern.] (Paleon.) An extensive genus of fossil ferns; — so named from the regular comblike arrangement of the leaflets.

(||Pec"o*ra) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. pecus. See Pecuniary.] (Zoöl.) An extensive division of ruminants, including the antelopes, deer, and cattle.

(Pec"tate) n. (Chem.) A salt of pectic acid.

(Pec"ten) n. [L. pecten, - inis, a comb, a kind of shellfish. See Pectinate.]

1. (Anat.) (a) A vascular pigmented membrane projecting into the vitreous humor within the globe of the eye in birds, and in many reptiles and fishes; — also called marsupium. (b) The pubic bone.

2. (Zoöl.) Any species of bivalve mollusks of the genus Pecten, and numerous allied genera (family Pectinidæ); a scallop. See Scallop.

3. (Zoöl.) The comb of a scorpion. See Comb, 4 (b).

(Pec"tic) a. (Chem.) Of or pertaining to pectin; specifically, designating an acid obtained from ordinary vegetable jelly (pectin) as an amorphous substance, tough and horny when dry, but gelatinous when moist.

(Pec"tin) n. [Gr. curdled, congealed, from to make fast or stiff: cf. F. pectine.] (Chem.) One of a series of carbohydrates, commonly called vegetable jelly, found very widely distributed in the vegetable kingdom, especially in ripe fleshy fruits, as apples, cranberries, etc. It is extracted as variously colored, translucent substances, which are soluble in hot water but become viscous on cooling.

3. To seize and pick up with the beak, or as with the beak; to bite; to eat; — often with up. Addison.

This fellow pecks up wit as pigeons peas.

4. To make, by striking with the beak or a pointed instrument; as, to peck a hole in a tree.

(Peck), v. i.

1. To make strokes with the beak, or with a pointed instrument. Carew.

2. To pick up food with the beak; hence, to eat.

[The hen] went pecking by his side.

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