carpenter-bird love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The California red-headed woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus, which cuts holes in dead branches, in which it inserts acorns.

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Examples

  • The carpenter-bird -- the great woodpecker -- hangs against the decayed trunk of some dead tree, beating the hollow bark, and now and then sounding his clarion note, which is heard to the distance of a mile.

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