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hairy woodpecker

noun

  1. a North American woodpecker, Picoides villosus, resembling but larger than the downy woodpecker.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hairy woodpecker1

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30

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Example Sentences

The hairy woodpecker has been there before him, and has torn the chrysalis out of its silken cradle.

The big hairy woodpecker flies across the clearing with a strident scream.

The hairy woodpecker is very similar to the downy in dress, but one-half larger, and by no means so numerous or familiar.

The geographical and the breeding ranges of the Hairy Woodpecker are practically the same.

The Hairy Woodpecker is one of the most useful and valuable friends of human interests.

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