CarpinteroCar`pin*te"ro\ (k[add]r`p[-e]n*t[asl]"r[-o]), n. [Sp., a carpenter, a woodpecker.] A california woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus), noted for its habit of inserting acorns in holes which it drills in trees. The acorns become infested by insect larv[ae], which, when grown, are extracted for food by the bird.
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