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PLUCK, v.t.

1. To pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off, out or from, with a twitch. Thus we say, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes or other fruit.

They pluck the fatherless from the breast. Job.24.

2. To strip by plucking; as, to pluck a fowl.

They that pass by do pluck her. Ps.80.

The sense of this verb is modified by particles.

To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.

He shall pluck away his crop with his feathers. Lev.1.

To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; or to reduce to a lower state.

To pluck off, is to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. Mic.3.

To pluck on, to pull or draw on.

pluck up, to tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. Jer.12.

To pluck out, to draw out suddenly or to tear out; as, to pluck out the eyes; to pluck out the hand from the bosom. Ps.74.

To pluck up, to resume courage; properly, to pluck up the heart. [Not elegant.]

PLUCK, n. The heart, liver and lights of an animal.




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PLUCK, v.t.

1. To pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off, out or from, with a twitch. Thus we say, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes or other fruit.

They pluck the fatherless from the breast. Job.24.

2. To strip by plucking; as, to pluck a fowl.

They that pass by do pluck her. Ps.80.

The sense of this verb is modified by particles.

To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.

He shall pluck away his crop with his feathers. Lev.1.

To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; or to reduce to a lower state.

To pluck off, is to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. Mic.3.

To pluck on, to pull or draw on.

pluck up, to tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. Jer.12.

To pluck out, to draw out suddenly or to tear out; as, to pluck out the eyes; to pluck out the hand from the bosom. Ps.74.

To pluck up, to resume courage; properly, to pluck up the heart. [Not elegant.]

PLUCK, n. The heart, liver and lights of an animal.


PLUCK, n.

The heart, liver and lights of an animal.


PLUCK, v.t. [Sax. pluccian, which seems to be the same word, with a prefix, as lyccan or alucan, aluccan, to pull off or out; G. pflücken; D. plukken; Dan. plukker; Sw. plocka; Fr. eplucher; W. pliciaw, to pluck, to peel; plig, a peel.]

  1. To pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off, out or from, with a twitch. Thus we say, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes or other fruit. They pluck the fatherless from the breast. – Job xxiv.
  2. To strip by plucking; as, to pluck a fowl. They that pass by do pluck her. – Ps. lxxx. The sense of this verb is modified by particles. To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away. He shall pluck away his crop with his feathers. – Lev. i. To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; or to reduce to a lower state. – Shak. To pluck off, is to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. – Mic. iii. To pluck on, to pull or draw on. [Obs.] – Shak. To pluck up, to tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. – Jer. xii. To pluck out, to draw out suddenly, or to tear out; as, to pluck out the eyes; to pluck out the hand from the bosom. – Ps. lxxiv. To pluck up, to resume courage; properly, to pluck up the heart. [Not elegant.]

Pluck
  1. To pull; to draw.

    Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution. Je(?). Taylor.

  2. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
  3. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
  4. Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes.

    I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. Milton.

    E'en children followed, with endearing wile,
    And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile.
    Goldsmith.

  5. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
  6. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.

    They which pass by the way do pluck her. Ps. lxxx.(?)2.

  7. Spirit] courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.

    Decay of English spirit, decay of manly pluck. Thackeray.

  8. To reject at an examination for degrees.

    C. Bronté.

    To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away. -- To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state. -- to pluck off, to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. -- to pluck up. (a) To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. Jer. xii. 17. (b) To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.

  9. The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
  10. The lyrie.

    [Prov. Eng.]
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Pluck

PLUCK, verb transitive

1. To pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off, out or from, with a twitch. Thus we say, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes or other fruit.

They pluck the fatherless from the breast. Job 24:9.

2. To strip by plucking; as, to pluck a fowl.

They that pass by do pluck her. Psalms 80:12.

The sense of this verb is modified by particles.

To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.

He shall pluck away his crop with his feathers. Leviticus 1:16.

To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; or to reduce to a lower state.

To pluck off, is to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. Micah 3:2.

To pluck on, to pull or draw on.

PLUCK up, to tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. Jeremiah 12:14.

To pluck out, to draw out suddenly or to tear out; as, to pluck out the eyes; to pluck out the hand from the bosom. Psalms 74:11.

To pluck up, to resume courage; properly, to pluck up the heart. [Not elegant.]

PLUCK, noun The heart, liver and lights of an animal.

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