peckerwood

peckerwood

[pek-er-wood]
noun
1.
Midland and Southern U.S. woodpecker.
2.
Southern U.S. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. poor white.
adjective
3.
Southern U.S. small or insignificant: He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; pecker + wood1; inversion of woodpecker

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peckerwood

noun
bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects [syn: woodpecker
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