from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woodpecker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who hews wood.
- n. Any bird of the subfamily Dendro-colaptinæ. as Xiphocolaptes emigrans: a book-name. See cuts under saberbill and Upucerthia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous South American and Central American birds with a curved bill and stiffened tail feathers that climb and feed like woodpeckers
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Now, a year later, I suddenly stopped twenty yards away, for at the end of the silvery cadence of a woodhewer, I heard the low, measured, toneless rhythm which instantly revived to mind every detail of the clearing.
Then, when he had been told all, at first he could not refrain himself and good wishes flowed from his lips as honey from the honey-comb; and he was indeed a right merry sight as, in the joy of his heart, he clapped his arms together across his breast, as a woodhewer may, to warm his hands in winter.