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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Decollation A painting representing the beheading of a saint or martyr, esp. of St. John the Baptist.
    • Decollation The act of beheading or state of one beheaded; -- especially used of the execution of St. John the Baptist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decollation The act of beheading; decapitation; the state of one beheaded.
    • n decollation Specifically In surgery, the removal of the head of the child in cases of difficult parturition.
    • n decollation In conchology, the removal—by death, growth, or accident—of the upper whorls of a spiral shell after the animal has ceased to occupy them. See cut in middle column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decollation the act of beheading: a picture of a decapitation, esp. of the head of St John the Baptist on a charger: the festival of the Baptist, Aug. 29
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decollatio,: cf. F. décollation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decollārede, from, collum, the neck.


In literature:

Decollation they call it in the gold.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
There one finds her upon the day of the decollation of Saint John the Baptist, the fine August morning that starts the tale.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
When they had finished the decollation, they again consulted what was next to be done.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
There one finds her upon the day of the decollation of Saint John the Baptist, the fine August morning that starts the tale.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
The Decollation of St. John.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
Mowbray, Sir Robert Plumpton, Sir John Lamplugh, and other unfortunates, also suffered decollation.
"Curious Church Customs" by Various
"The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church" by Ælfric
According to this view of the matter, existence was not immediately destroyed by decollation.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
It is curious to note the doubt and apprehension, which existed, as to the result of the first experiment of decollation.
"Dealings With The Dead" by A Sexton of the Old School

In news:

One of my favorite alternatives is to purchase predatory snails known as Decollate snails .

In science:

Our assumed mixing of shocked wind and infall is, in fact, an agent for decol limation. A fluid element of the wind, initially moving radially outward, acquires a positive θ-velocity.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout