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

  • adj. Botany Having a pileus.
  • adj. Having a crest covering the pileum. Used of a bird.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a pileus
  • adj. Having a crest covering the pileum

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as pileate.
  • In ornithology, crested; having the feathers of the pileum elongated and conspicuous: as, the pileated woodpecker.


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

From Latin pīleātus, wearing a pileus, from pīleus, felt cap.



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  • "The pileated drummer's wawk—it was unignorable

    that that was my song, the drummer's low wawk wawk wawk, it was unignorable,

    and not the sweet sweet sweet prothonotary's warble."

    "Blues Haiku" by John Shoptaw in The New Yorker, March 28, 2011, p 88

    March 31, 2011

  • May 31, 2010

  • Pronunciation:

    There is a long standing difference (right/wrong?) way to pronounce this bird's name.

    Your pronunciation guide has the word two ways. 1st: the letters suggest the short sound of the "i" as in "hit". 2nd: the audio sound is the way I pronounce it with the long sound of the "i".

    To me it's like tomato or potato. Both are right. Depends on where y'all from.

    That said, I prefer the way I have known the word from childhood, with the long "i". But I never "correct" any of my students for the way they say the word. I'm just glad they use it.

    June 24, 2009

  • Oh yes. The glorious Pileated Woodpecker (after which, unfortunately, the psycopathic Woody Woodpecker character was modeled). They are wonderful birds. Except Woody.

    November 14, 2007

  • As in the woodpecker that used to live in the woods behind my house in North Carolina. Wonderous sight indeed.

    November 14, 2007

  • Crested.

    November 14, 2007