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woodpecker

[woo d-pek-er]
noun
  1. any of numerous climbing birds of the family Picidae, having a hard, chisellike bill that it hammers repeatedly into wood in search of insects, stiff tail feathers to assist in climbing, and usually more or less boldly patterned plumage.
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Origin of woodpecker

First recorded in 1520–30; wood1 + pecker
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woodpecker

noun
  1. any climbing bird of the family Picidae, typically having a brightly coloured plumage and strong chisel-like bill with which they bore into trees for insects: order Piciformes
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Word Origin and History for woodpecker

n.

1520s, from wood (n.) + pecker.

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