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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pluck v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plucked p. pr. & vb. n. Plucking.]
 1. To pull; to draw.
    Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution.   --Je░. Taylor.
 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.
 3. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
    They which pass by the way do pluck her.   --Ps. lxxx.░2.
 4. Eng. Universities 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. (a) To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. --Jer. xii. 17. (b) To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Plucked a. Having courage and spirit. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of a stringed instrument; sounded with the fingers or a
             plectrum [ant: bowed]
      2: having the feathers removed, as from a pelt or a fowl; "a
         plucked chicken"; "an unfeathered goose"