ivory-billed woodpecker

[ ahy-vuh-ree-bild wood-pek-er, ahy-vree- ]
/ ˈaɪ və riˌbɪld ˈwʊdˌpɛk ər, ˈaɪ vri- /

noun

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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Origin of ivory-billed woodpecker

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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