Extirpate vs Pluck - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between extirpate and pluck
is that extirpate
is (obsolete) to clear an area of roots and stumps while pluck
) to pull something sharply; to pull something out.
As a noun pluck is
an instance of plucking.
(obsolete) To clear an area of roots and stumps.
To pull up by the roots; uproot.
To destroy completely; to annihilate.
To surgically remove.
* (to pull up by the roots) uproot, eradicate, extricate, deracinate
* (to destroy completely) annihilate, destroy, eradicate, exterminate
* (to surgically remove) excise
* See also
(lb) To pull something sharply; to pull something out
*1900 , , Ch.I:
*:The girl stooped to pluck a rose, and as she bent over it, her profile was clearly outlined.
To gently play a single string, e.g. on a guitar, violin etc.
(lb) To remove feathers from a bird.
*:Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors. It seemed so unjust.
(lb) To rob, fleece, steal forcibly
(lb) To play a string instrument pizzicato
(lb) To pull or twitch sharply.
To reject at an examination for degrees.
*1847 , , (Jane Eyre)
*:He went to college, and he got— plucked , I think they call it: and then his uncles wanted him to be a barrister, and study the law.
* pluck up
An instance of plucking
The lungs, heart with trachea and often oesophagus removed from slaughtered animals.
Guts, nerve, fortitude or persistence.
- ''Those tiny birds are hardly worth the tedious pluck
- He didn't get far with the attempt, but you have to admire his pluck .