speight

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Etymology[edit]

1598, from earlier specht ‎(1552, woodpecker), probably of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin, from Middle Low German specht ‎(wookpecker), from Old Saxon speht ‎(woodpecker), from Proto-Germanic *spihtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peyk- ‎(a kind of bird). Cognate with Dutch specht ‎(woodpecker), German Specht ‎(woodpecker), Danish spætte ‎(woodpecker), Latin pīcus ‎(woodpecker).

Noun[edit]

speight ‎(plural speights)

  1. (bird) a woodpecker.