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[woo d-pek-er] /ˈwʊdˌpɛk ər/
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 of woodpecker
1520-30; wood1 + pecker Unabridged
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  • They listened, face-to-face, their ears over woodpecker holes in the trunk.
  • Tells what species are increasing and how small birds survive by bunching together in bushes or woodpecker holes.
  • Now comes a sonic burst, as a downy woodpecker drills into a nearby trunk.
  • Two groups say the ivory-billed woodpecker is extinct.
  • The blond-crested woodpecker and several species of hummingbirds are frequently at the waterfalls.
  • Ladder-backed woodpecker and northern quail make their homes in the area all year long.
  • Some other possibilities: the ball could have been pecked open by a woodpecker or chickadee or parasitized by a wasp.
  • woodpecker's head inspires shock absorbers for planes and cars.
  • Now even the skeptics agree that the ivory-billed woodpecker lives.
  • The phoenix had nothing on the ivory-billed woodpecker.
British Dictionary definitions for woodpecker


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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Word Origin and History for woodpecker

1520s, from wood (n.) + pecker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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