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bird's mouth

noun, Carpentry.
a right-angled notch cut in the underside of a rafter for fitting over a longitudinal member, as a wall plate.
Origin of bird's mouth
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The grub matures in the throat of the bird, and eggs wash into the water from the bird's mouth when feeding.
  • Place a paper towel in the bird's mouth and a plastic bag with a rubber band seal over its head.

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