Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various usually brightly colored birds of the family Picidae, having strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for clinging to and climbing trees and a chisellike bill for drilling through bark and wood. Also called regionally peckerwood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of several species of bird from the family Picidae, with a sharp beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to Picus and many allied genera of the family Picidæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In lumbering, a poor chopper.
  • n. Any bird of the large family Picidæ, of which there arc numerous genera and some 250 species, in habiting nearly all parts of the world.
  • n. The Californian wood-pecker, Melanerpes formicivorus bairdi.
  • n. Specifically, one of these, C. chrysoides, of Arizona, Lower California, and southward, which resembles the common flicker in the body, tail, and wings, but has the head as in the Mexican flicker.

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

  • n. bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects

Etymologies

wood +‎ pecker (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes | No | Report from bookeraptor wrote 6 days 20 hours ago the woodpecker is a Pale-Billed Woodpecker (in the same genus as the Ivory-Billed) from Central America, so that should narrow down what species of snake this is.

    Woodpecker vs. Snake

  • It sure looks like it has venemous fangs, which likely means that woodpecker is dead by the time the camera stops rolling.

    Woodpecker vs. Snake

  • My old Audubon Field Guide, twenty-two years old now, same age as my binoculars, says that the red-bellied woodpecker is “chiefly” a Southeastern bird but it ranges farther north and “has expanded its breeding range in recent years to New York and southern New England.”

    Lance Mannion:

  • Video evidence that an extinct woodpecker is alive and well in Arkansas, USA may prove to be a case of mistaken identity.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • And what if a high-quality image of the ivory-billed woodpecker is captured?

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Birders systematically memorize field marks like trailing white on the wing to distinguish the resurrected Ivory-billed woodpecker from the pileated.

    mjh's blog — 2006 — February

  • A group of wildlife scientists believe the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct.

    April 2005

  • Hiawatha uttered his saw-saw-quan, and taking his scalp as a trophy, he called the woodpecker to come and receive a reward for his information.

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • In the thickets that flower of the air, the red-headed woodpecker, is laughing loudly.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • Manabozho uttered his saw-saw-quan, and taking his scalp as a trophy, he called the woodpecker to come and receive a reward for his information.

    The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians

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