noun Cam·peph·i·lus \kamˈpefələs\

Definition of Campephilus

  1. :  a genus of birds (family Picidae) including some of the largest woodpeckers (as the ivory-billed woodpecker, the imperial woodpecker, and related tropical American species)

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Origin and Etymology of campephilus

New Latin, from Greek kampē caterpillar + New Latin -philus

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