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woodpecker

noun wood·peck·er \ˈwd-ˌpe-kər\

: a bird that has a very hard beak which it uses to make holes in trees to get insects for food

Full Definition of WOODPECKER

:  any of numerous birds (family Picidae) with zygodactyl feet, stiff spiny tail feathers used in climbing or resting on tree trunks, a usually extensible tongue, a very hard bill used to drill the bark or wood of trees for insect food or to excavate nesting cavities, and generally showy parti-colored plumage

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First Known Use of WOODPECKER

circa 1530
WOODPECKER Defined for Kids

woodpecker

noun wood·peck·er \ˈwd-ˌpe-kər\

Definition of WOODPECKER for Kids

:  a bird that climbs trees and drills holes in them with its bill in search of insects
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