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Webster 1913 Edition


Woodpecker

Wood′peckˊer

,
Noun.
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to
Picus
and many allied genera of the family
Picidae
.
☞ These birds have the tail feathers pointed and rigid at the tip to aid in climbing, and a strong chisellike bill with which they are able to drill holes in the bark and wood of trees in search of insect larvae upon which most of the species feed. A few species feed partly upon the sap of trees (see
Sap sucker
, under
Sap
), others spend a portion of their time on the ground in search of ants and other insects.
The most common European species are the greater spotted woodpecker (
Dendrocopus major
), the lesser spotted woodpecker (
Dendrocopus minor
), and the green woodpecker, or yaffle (see
Yaffle
). The best-known American species are the pileated woodpecker (see under
Pileated
), the ivory-billed woodpecker (
Campephilus principalis
), which is one of the largest known species, the red-headed woodpecker, or red-head (
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
), the red-bellied woodpecker (
Melanerpes Carolinus
) (see
Chab
), the superciliary woodpecker (
Melanerpes superciliaris
), the hairy woodpecker (
Dryobates villosus
), the downy woodpecker (
Dryobates pubescens
), the three-toed, woodpecker (
Picoides Americanus
), the golden-winged woodpecker (see
Flicker
), and the sap suckers. See also
Carpintero
.
Woodpecker hornbill
(Zool.)
,
a black and white Asiatic hornbill (
Buceros pica
) which resembles a woodpecker in color.

Webster 1828 Edition


Woodpecker

WOODPECKER

,
Noun.
[wood and peck.] A bird of the genus Picus, that pecks holes in trees, or that picks insects form the bark.

Definition 2021


woodpecker

woodpecker

English

A black woodpecker

Noun

woodpecker (plural woodpeckers)

  1. One of many species of bird from the subfamily Picinae, with a sharp beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.

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