ivory-billed woodpecker

noun
ivo·​ry-billed woodpecker | \ ˈīv-rē-ˈbild- How to pronounce ivory-billed woodpecker (audio) , ˈī-və-rē- \

Definition of ivory-billed woodpecker

: a very large black-and-white woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) of the southeastern U.S. and Cuba that has a showy red crest in the male and is presumed extinct in the U.S.

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First Known Use of ivory-billed woodpecker

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Ivory-billed woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ivory-billed%20woodpecker. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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