ivory-billed woodpecker


ivo·​ry-billed woodpecker ˈī-v(ə-)rē-ˈbild- How to pronounce ivory-billed woodpecker (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ivory-billed woodpecker was in 1811

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“Ivory-billed woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ivory-billed%20woodpecker. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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ivory-billed woodpecker

ivo·​ry-billed woodpecker
: a large black-and-white woodpecker of the southeastern U.S. that has a large whitish bill and in the male a pointed bunch of red feathers on the head and that is thought to be extinct

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