oxpecker

[ oks-pek-er ]
/ ˈɒksˌpɛk ər /

noun

either of two African starlings of the genus Buphagus, characterized by their habit of riding on large, wild animals and domestic cattle to feed on ticks.

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Origin of oxpecker

First recorded in 1840–50; ox + pecker
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British Dictionary definitions for oxpecker

oxpecker
/ (ˈɒksˌpɛkə) /

noun

either of two African starlings, Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhynchus, having flattened bills with which they obtain food from the hides of cattleAlso called: tick-bird
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