plural noun

: a large family of tropical American birds (suborder Tyranni) that are closely related to the ovenbirds, are of climbing habit, and creep over trees from which they dig out insects see woodhewer

Word History


New Latin, from Dendrocolaptes, type genus (from dendr- + -colaptes from Greek kolaptein to peck) + New Latin -idae

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“Dendrocolaptidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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