Translation of preen in Spanish:

preen

Pronunciation: /priːn/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [feathers] arreglar con el pico
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    • This louse is the only common parasite on satin bowerbirds, and it is found mainly around the head and eyes where birds cannot easily preen.
    • With hundreds of new feathers regenerating, the bird must preen constantly.
    • When preening, birds nibble and stroke their feathers, returning them to correct position.

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo

  • to preen oneself [bird] arreglarse las plumas con el pico [person] acicalarse to preen oneself on sth/-ing vanagloriarse or pavonearse de algo/+ infinitive/infinitivo

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [bird] arreglarse las plumas con el pico; [person] acicalarse
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    • They start cramming the barricades, the ladies start primping and preening themselves in their compact mirrors.
    • We're always expected to be preening ourselves, so it was a pretty nice opportunity not to have to think about that stuff for a while.
    • Television stars had been preening themselves for the red carpet at Claridges, where some of the hottest designers, make-up artists, jewellers and hair stylists had taken up residence.

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