Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The green woodpecker, Gecinus viridis: from its loud laughing notes. Also yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale. See cut under popinjay.
- n. An armful.
- n. A pile of codfish to be carried from the flakes to the storehouse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The European green woodpecker (Picus viridis syn. Genius viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also
eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird, popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale, yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.
“If a corpse be kept over a Sunday another death will occur before the week is out; should a big bumble-bee enter the window, a guest may be expected; and when the woodpecker, commonly called the yaffle, laughs, they say the rain is coming.”
“I might start using it in my ESL classes so that a new generation of Koreans will know the proper English terminology for an 'armful of something' is a 'yaffle'.”
“Behind the hill, behind the trees, the green woodpecker – the yaffle – shouts his mocking, laugh-like call which in country weather lore is a sure sign of rain.”
“Green-yellow, bursts from the copse the laughing yaffle;”
“From above the hedges the sleepy cows looked down; a yaffle laughed a field or two away; in the sycamores, which had come out before their time, the bees hummed.”
“a rattle, what a yaffle — as they call the woodpecker, the laughing bird that flits from tree to tree.”
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Looking for tweets for yaffle.