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1Any of various plants with flowers that resemble parrot's beaks; especially the kaka-beak, Clianthus puniceus. Usually in form "parrot's beak".
2Chiefly Archaeology. A tool that resembles or is likened to a parrot's beak.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From parrot + beak. In some forms from the genitive of parrot + beak.
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