yaffle

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Etymology[edit]

Imitative of the bird's cry.

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yaffle (plural yaffles)

  1. (UK, dialectal) The European green woodpecker, Picus viridis.
    • 1924, Ford Madox Ford, Some Do Not…, Penguin 2012 (Parade's End), p. 119:
      “‘Punched that rotton strap,’ he goes on saying, ‘like a gret ol' yaffle punchin' a 'ollow log!’”

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