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.

    Edge of the Jungle

  • 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.

    Margery — Volume 08


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