[ ahy-vuh-ree-bild wood-pek-er, ahy-vree- ]
/ ˈaɪ və riˌbɪld ˈwʊdˌpɛk ər, ˈaɪ vri- /
a large, black and white woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, of the southern U.S. and Cuba, with a length of about 20 inches (51 centimeters), an ivory-colored bill that has a uniquely flattened tip, and a prominent crest that is mostly red on the males: dependent on the vast tracts of primeval hardwoods that were deforested with intensity from the mid-19th century, the ivory-billed woodpecker is now classified as possibly extinct.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of ivory-billed woodpecker
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
Words nearby ivory-billed woodpecker
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