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sapsucker

[ sap-suhk-er ]
/ ˈsæpˌsʌk ər /
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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.
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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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