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verb peck pronunciation in British English /pek/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypeck
he/she/itpecks
present participlepecking
past tensepecked
past participlepecked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] when a bird pecks, it moves its beak quickly forward to hit or bite something
    The fox cub had been pecked to death by crows.
    peck at: The birds pecked at the insect-infested tree.
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