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n. Chiefly Southern US
1. A woodpecker.
2. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a poor white person.
[Alteration (by transposition of the two members of the compound) of woodpecker.]
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1. (Animals) a woodpecker
2. Black slang offensive a White person, esp one from the southern states of the United States
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usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. However, sometimes it is merely a neutral descriptive term.—n.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (a term used to refer to a white person, esp. of the southern U.S., having low social status and little or no money, property, or education.)
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|Noun||1.||peckerwood - bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects|
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
downy woodpecker - small North American woodpecker with black and white plumage and a small bill
flicker - North American woodpecker
Campephilus principalis, ivorybill, ivory-billed woodpecker - large black-and-white woodpecker of southern United States and Cuba having an ivory bill; nearly extinct
Melanerpes erythrocephalus, redheaded woodpecker, redhead - black-and-white North American woodpecker having a red head and neck
sapsucker - small American woodpecker that feeds on sap from e.g. apple and maple trees
wryneck - Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck
piculet - small woodpeckers of South America and Africa and East Indies having soft rounded tail feathers
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