wood-pecker

woodpecker

[wood-pek-er]
noun
any of numerous climbing birds of the family Picidae, having a hard, chisellike bill that it hammers repeatedly into wood in search of insects, stiff tail feathers to assist in climbing, and usually more or less boldly patterned plumage.

Origin:
1520–30; wood1 + pecker

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woodpecker (ˈwʊdˌpɛkə)
 
n
any climbing bird of the family Picidae, typically having a brightly coloured plumage and strong chisel-like bill with which they bore into trees for insects: order Piciformes

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woodpecker
1530, from wood (n.) + pecker (see peck (v.)).
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