woodpecker

[ woo d-pek-er ]
/ ˈwʊdˌpɛk ər /
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noun

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.

Origin of woodpecker

First recorded in 1520–30; wood1 + pecker
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woodpecker

/ (ˈwʊdˌpɛkə) /

noun

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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