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(n.) The gills of some bivalves, as the oyster.
(n.) Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain.
(n.) The byssus of certain shellfish, as the muscle.
(n.) A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.
(n.) The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds
(n.) The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat.
(n.) The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.
(n.) The appendages to the jaw in some Cetacea, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.
(n.) In insects, the hairs of the labial palpi of moths and butterflies.
(v. t.) To deprive of the gills; - used only of oysters and similar shellfish.
(v. t.) To oppose to the gills; to set at defiance.
(n.) That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.
(v. t.) To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.
(n.) An imposition; a trick.
(n.) That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Beard'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/b/beard.html. 1828.