American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. They are picarian and scansorial birds, having the toes arranged in pairs, two before and two behind (except, of course, in the three-toed genera: see
Picoides, and cut under Tiga); the tail-feathers rigid and acuminate, to assist in climbing; the bill hard and chisel-like, adapted for boring wood (whence the name); and a remarkable structure of the palatal and hyoidean bones and salivary glands. (See cuts under salivaryand saurognathous.) The tongue is capable, in most species, of being thrust far out of the mouth, and is lumbriciform. (See cut under sagittilingual.) The plumage as a rule is variegated in intricate patterns of coloration, and usually includes bright, rich, or striking tints. Insects constitute most of their food; their eggs are white, and are laid in holes they dig in trees; their voice is harsh and abrupt. They are of great service to man by destroying insects which infest trees. See Picidæ, and numerous cuts there cited.
- 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.
- n. One of several species of bird from the family Picidae, with a sharp beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of scansorial birds belonging to Picus and many allied genera of the family
- 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)
“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.”
“It sure looks like it has venemous fangs, which likely means that woodpecker is dead by the time the camera stops rolling.”
“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.””
“Video evidence that an extinct woodpecker is alive and well in Arkansas, USA may prove to be a case of mistaken identity.”
“And what if a high-quality image of the ivory-billed woodpecker is captured?”
“Birders systematically memorize field marks like trailing white on the wing to distinguish the resurrected Ivory-billed woodpecker from the pileated.”
“A group of wildlife scientists believe the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct.”
“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.”
“In the thickets that flower of the air, the red-headed woodpecker, is laughing loudly.”
“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.”
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