tree creeper

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creeper

[kree-per]
noun
1.
a person or thing that creeps.
2.
Botany. a plant that grows upon or just beneath the surface of the ground, or upon any other surface, sending out rootlets from the stem, as ivy and couch grass.
3.
Often, creepers. a one-piece garment for an infant, the lower portion resembling briefs and having snaps or buttons across the crotch for convenience in diapering.
4.
Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a spiked iron plate worn on the shoe to prevent slipping on ice, rock, etc.
5.
Also called cradle. Automotive. a flat framework on casters, on which a mechanic lies while working under an automobile or the like.
6.
Ornithology. any of various birds that creep or climb about on trees, especially of the family Certhiidae, as Certhia americana (brown creeper or tree creeper) of the Northern Hemisphere.
7.
a domestic fowl having malformed, short legs, due to a genetic defect.
8.
a grappling device for dragging a river, lake, etc.
9.
Also, creep. Slang. a sneak thief.
10.
Slang. a person who makes persistent sexual advances toward someone, or who cheats on a sexual partner.
11.
Slang. creep ( def 18 ).
12.
Slang. a person who follows someone persistently or stealthily; a stalker.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English crepere, Old English crēopere. See creep, -er1

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creeper (ˈkriːpə)
 
n
1.  a person or animal that creeps
2.  a plant, such as the ivy or periwinkle, that grows by creeping
3.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: tree creeper any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects
4.  a hooked instrument for dragging deep water
5.  Also called: cradle a flat board or framework mounted on casters, used to lie on when working under cars
6.  cricket Also called: daisy cutter a bowled ball that keeps low or travels along the ground
7.  either of a pair of low iron supports for logs in a hearth
8.  informal a shoe with a soft sole

tree creeper
 
n
any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects

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creeper
O.E. creopera "one who creeps," from creep. Meaning "lice" is from 1570s; of certain birds from 1660s; of certain plants from 1620s.
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tree creeper

any of a dozen species of small slender birds, with downcurved bills, that spiral up tree trunks in search of insects. They are variously classified in the families Certhiidae and Climacteridae.

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