Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To behead.
  • transitive v. To separate the copies of (a multiple-copy computer printout, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To behead.
  • v. To separate the copies of multipart computer printout.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To sever from the neck; to behead; to decapitate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To behead.
  • To remove the apex of, as of a shell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut the head of

Etymologies

Latin dēcollāre, dēcollāt- : dē-, de- + collum, neck; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin decollare ("to behead") (Wiktionary)
de- + collate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Well, a woman in Warren, Ohio is getting her 15 minutes of fame for something "Moost Unusual" -- a squirrel in her decollate (ph).

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2009

  • You can also introduce preying mantids (via their eggs), and decollate snails are predators of other snails.

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