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woodpecker

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noun wood·peck·er \ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər\

Simple Definition of woodpecker

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of woodpecker

  1. :  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

Illustration of woodpecker

Circa 1530

First Known Use of woodpecker

circa 1530


WOODPECKER Defined for Kids

woodpecker

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noun wood·peck·er \ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər\

Definition of woodpecker for Students

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




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