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      vb  
1    (of birds) to maintain (feathers) in a healthy condition by arrangement, cleaning, and other contact with the bill  
2    to dress or array (oneself) carefully; primp  
3    usually foll by: on   to pride or congratulate (oneself)  
     (C14 preinen, probably from prunen to prune3, influenced by prenen to prick, pin (see preen2); suggestive of the pricking movement of the bird's beak)  
  preener      n  
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preen, preener, peen, prebend

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