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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small American woodpeckers of the genus Sphyrapicus that drill holes in certain trees to drink the sap and eat insects in them, especially S. varius, the common species in the eastern United States, and S. thyrsoides, found in the mountain regions of the western United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woodpecker of the eastern United States (of the genus Sphyrapicus) that feeds mainly on the sap of trees
  • n. Any woodpecker that punctures the bark of trees and feeds upon the sap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name in the United States of all the small spotted woodpeckers: so called from being supposed to suck the sap of trees.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees

Etymologies

sap +‎ sucker (Wiktionary)

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