witwall

noun wit·wall \ˈwiˌtwȯl\

Definition of witwall

plural

-s

dialectal, British

  1. :  the European great spotted woodpecker

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of witwall

obsolete English, golden oriole, from obsolete German witwal, wittewal (now widewal, wiedewal), from Middle High German witewal, wittewal, from wite wood (from Old High German witu) + -wal (of unknown origin) — more at wood


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up witwall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize severely

Get Word of the Day daily email!