woodpecker

noun
wood·​peck·​er | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər How to pronounce woodpecker (audio) \

Definition of woodpecker

: any of numerous birds (family Picidae) with zygodactyl feet, stiff spiny tail feathers used in climbing or resting on tree trunks, a usually extensible tongue, a very hard bill used to drill the bark or wood of trees for insect food or to excavate nesting cavities, and generally showy parti-colored plumage

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Recent Examples on the Web With the help of the golden fronted woodpeckers that pull off the bee guards, the bees were covering the feeders with many individuals making suicidal penetrations into the sugar water reservoir. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Wildlife activity picking up in San Antonio gardens, from purple martins, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees," 30 Apr. 2020 When Fort Bragg Endangered Species Branch Chief Jackie Britcher started, in 1983, there were fewer than 300 woodpecker families on Fort Bragg. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 Instead of building colonies, female solitary bees emerge in spring and mate with male solitary bees, then find a place to nest, such as a woodpecker hole, the siding of your house or a hole in the ground. Lila Westreich, The Conversation, "Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinators," 1 May 2020 To the left, woodpeckers hunted for insects in sycamores shading an empty parking lot. Los Angeles Times, "Coyotes, falcons, deer and other wildlife are reclaiming L.A. territory as humans stay at home," 21 Apr. 2020 In the meantime, spring is peeking through, and the two older ones are busy naming the bugs, the fox, and the woodpecker that can be seen through our windows. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Coronavirus and the Kids," 17 Apr. 2020 The entire colony soon moved itself into the woodpecker cavity. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 When Fort Bragg Endangered Species Branch Chief Jackie Britcher started, in 1983, there were fewer than 300 woodpecker families on Fort Bragg. Washington Post, "Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work," 3 Dec. 2019 When Fort Bragg Endangered Species Branch Chief Jackie Britcher started, in 1983, there were fewer than 300 woodpecker families on Fort Bragg. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Endangered Species Act at work in protecting butterflies at Fort Bragg’s artillery range," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of woodpecker

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Woodpecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodpecker. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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woodpecker

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English Language Learners Definition of woodpecker

: a bird that has a very hard beak which it uses to make holes in trees to get insects for food

woodpecker

noun
wood·​peck·​er | \ ˈwu̇d-ˌpe-kər How to pronounce woodpecker (audio) \

Kids Definition of woodpecker

: a bird that climbs trees and drills holes in them with its bill in search of insects

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