three-toed woodpecker

  1. either of two woodpeckers of the genus Picoides, of the Northern Hemisphere, having only three toes on each foot.

  2. any of various similar, tropical, Old World woodpeckers.

Origin of three-toed woodpecker

First recorded in 1765–75

Words Nearby three-toed woodpecker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use three-toed woodpecker in a sentence

  • High up in the hemlock forests is the interesting Alpine three-toed woodpecker.

    The Lake of the Sky | George Wharton James
  • Not so common as the Arctic three-toed woodpecker, and less often found south of its breeding range.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman