sap·​suck·​er ˈsap-ˌsə-kər How to pronounce sapsucker (audio)
: any of a genus (Sphyrapicus) of North American woodpeckers that drill holes in trees in order to obtain sap and insects for food

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Four redheads at Jamaica Pond and four more redheads at the Chestnut Hill Reservation, a rough-legged hawk and a glaucous gull at Rumney Marsh and a yellow-bellied sapsucker at Belle Isle. Isabela Rocha,, 14 Jan. 2023 Three redheads, a northern pintail, and a Bonaparte’s gull at Turners Falls, three greater scaup and a red-breasted merganser at gate 22 at Quabbin Reservoir in New Salem, and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Sunderland., 31 Dec. 2022 Several noteworthy species of birds were observed: brown creeper, rusty blackbird, wood thrush and yellow-bellied sapsucker. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2022 On the front wall, a pair of Bullock’s orioles feeds three chicks, and a red-breasted sapsucker feeds two. James F. Lee, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Hampden County: The area hosted a Barrow’s goldeneye on the Connecticut River in Chicopee, lingers included a gray catbird at Laughing Brook Sanctuary and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Springfield., 29 Jan. 2022 For trees in stress with yellow leaves, mistletoe, sapsucker damage, dead tip growth and other symptoms, apply the entire Sick Tree Treatment. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 Other North American woodpeckers that cache are downy, red-headed, hairy, Lewis, red-bellied, gila, golden-fronted and red-bellied sapsucker. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 Prior to Hercules' tenure at the airport, wildlife strikes have included at least two coyotes, two deer, three bats, three geese and a yellow bellied sapsucker. Rick Steelhammer,, 25 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sapsucker was in 1805

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“Sapsucker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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sap·​suck·​er ˈsap-ˌsək-ər How to pronounce sapsucker (audio)
: any of various North American woodpeckers that drill holes in trees in order to obtain sap and insects for food

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