woodpecker

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From wood +‎ pecker. Compare Middle English wod spek (woodpecker).

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  • (UK) enPR: wo͝odʹpĕkər, IPA(key): /ˈwʊdpɛkə/
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  • (US) enPR: wo͝odʹpĕ'kər, IPA(key): /ˈwʊdˌpɛkɚ/
  • Hyphenation: wood‧peck‧er

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woodpecker (plural woodpeckers)

  1. Any bird of species-rich family Picidae, with a strong pointed beak suitable for pecking holes in wood.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 89:
      On its summit towered aloft the fir tree which has often been referred to, like a mighty mast, full of woodpeckers' holes.
  2. (military slang) Type 92 heavy machine gun

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