sapsucker

[ sap-suhk-er ]
/ ˈsæpˌsʌk ər /

noun

any of several American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in maple, apple, hemlock, etc., drinking the sap and eating the insects that gather there.

Nearby words

  1. saprotroph,
  2. saprozoic,
  3. saprozoonosis,
  4. saps,
  5. sapsago,
  6. sapulpa,
  7. sapwood,
  8. saqqara,
  9. sar,
  10. sar.


Origin of sapsucker

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; sap1 + sucker

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British Dictionary definitions for sapsucker

sapsucker

/ (ˈsæpˌsʌkə) /

noun

either of two North American woodpeckers, Sphyrapicus varius or S. thyroideus, that have white wing patches and feed on the sap from trees
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