2. Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes. I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. (milton) E'en children followed, with endearing wile, And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile. (goldsmith)
4. (Science: engineering) To reject at an examination for degrees. To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away. To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state. To pluck off, to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. To pluck up. To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluk up a nation. To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.
Origin: AS. Pluccian; akin to LG. & D. Plukken, G. Pflucken, Icel. Plokka, plukka, Dan. Plukke, Sw. Plocka. 27.
4. The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck.
5. (Science: zoology) The lyrie.