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
wood + pecker (Wiktionary)