tree creeper

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noun

See under creeper(def 7).

Origin of tree creeper

First recorded in 1805–15

Definition for tree creeper (2 of 2)

creeper

[ kree-per ]
/ ˈkri pər /

noun

Origin of creeper

before 1000; Middle English crepere, Old English crēopere. See creep, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for tree creeper (1 of 2)

tree creeper


noun

any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects

British Dictionary definitions for tree creeper (2 of 2)

creeper

/ (ˈkriːpə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for tree creeper

creeper


n.

Old English creopera "one who creeps," agent noun from creep (v.). Also see creep (n.). Meaning "lice" is from 1570s; of certain birds from 1660s; of certain plants from 1620s.

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