Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

oxpecker

play
noun ox·peck·er \ˈäks-ˌpe-kər\

Definition of oxpecker

  1. :  either of two small dull-colored African birds (Buphagus erythrorhynchus and B. africanus) of the starling family that feed on ticks which they pick from the backs of infested cattle and wild mammals



Circa 1848

First Known Use of oxpecker

circa 1848


Learn More about oxpecker


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up oxpecker? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

in the capacity or character of

Get Word of the Day daily email!