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yellow-bellied sapsucker

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a woodpecker, Sphyrapicus varius, of eastern North America, having a red patch on the forehead and black and white plumage with a pale-yellow abdomen, and feeding on sap from trees.

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Origin of yellow-bellied sapsucker

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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