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v. plucked, pluck·ing, plucks
1. To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick: pluck a flower; pluck feathers from a chicken.
2. To pull out the hair or feathers of: pluck a chicken.
3. To remove abruptly or forcibly: plucked their child from school in midterm.
4. To give an abrupt pull to; tug at: pluck a sleeve.
5. Music To sound (the strings of an instrument) by pulling and releasing them with the fingers or a plectrum.
To give an abrupt pull; tug.
1. The act or an instance of plucking.
2. Resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulties; spirit.
3. The heart, liver, windpipe, and lungs of a slaughtered animal.

[Middle English plukken, from Old English pluccian, probably from Vulgar Latin *piluccāre, ultimately from Latin pilāre, from pilus, hair.]

pluck′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plucked - of a stringed instrument; sounded with the fingers or a plectrum
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
bowed - of a stringed instrument; sounded by stroking with a bow
2.plucked - having the feathers removed, as from a pelt or a fowl; "a plucked chicken"; "an unfeathered goose"
featherless, unfeathered - having no feathers; "a featherless biped"; "the unfeathered legs of an Orpington"
References in classic literature ?
And others said, "He is some prodigal who knows not the value of goods, and may be plucked by a shrewd man right closely.
Since this fool WOULD be plucked, thought he, why should not he do the plucking?
When a man has plucked and smelled all the sweetness of a flower, he looks for other flowers.
Yet I was hopeful, and though, as it turned out, he was busily engaged in talking to Thedosei Ivanovitch, I walked up to him from behind, and plucked at his sleeve.
So the Swallow plucked out the Prince's eye, and flew away to the student's garret.
So he plucked out the Prince's other eye, and darted down with it.
A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her.
At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower, and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and went with it in his hand into the castle, and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted, and that there he found his Jorinda again.
Then he plucked the flower, and set out and travelled day and night, till he came again to the castle.
From her breast she plucked it, Parbati the thief, Saw the Least of Little Things gnawed a new-grown leaf
Noting tea bushes' vegetation period, it needs at least one production cycle for them to adapt to mechanical harvesting--that is, to flush where they have been machine plucked, either on the top for a flat plucking table, or all around in a bowl shape.
Civilian rescue volunteers and members of the Philipine-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace corridor took advantage of the ceasefire declared by the military on Sunday and plucked out five persons - including a baby girl - from the war zone here.