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sapsucker

[sap-suhk-er] /ˈsæpˌsʌk ər/
noun
1.
any of several American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in maple, apple, hemlock, etc., drinking the sap and eating the insects that gather there.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805, Americanism; sap1 + sucker
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Examples from the web for sapsucker
  • Common summer resident birds include the white-throated sparrow, northern junco, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.
  • Yellow-bellied sapsucker nest within the campground area.
British Dictionary definitions for sapsucker

sapsucker

/ˈsæpˌsʌkə/
noun
1.
either of two North American woodpeckers, Sphyrapicus varius or S. thyroideus, that have white wing patches and feed on the sap from trees
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