Definition of piculet in English:

piculet

noun

  • A tiny tropical woodpecker with a short tail, found chiefly in Central and South America.

    Picumnus and other genera, family Picidae: numerous species

    • ‘The avian family Picidae includes the woodpeckers, piculets and wrynecks.’
    • ‘But curiously enough, there is no hard evidence of this piculet from Guyana, according to the last checklist published that I know of.’
    • ‘Small in size, the piculet ranges from 3 to 5 inches in length.’
    • ‘The Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is endemic to Peru.’
    • ‘Moreover, the number of transitions as a function of transversions appears linear over the range of nucleotide divergences represented by woodpeckers and the piculet.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: apparently a double diminutive of Latin picus ‘woodpecker’.

Pronunciation

piculet

/ˈpɪkjʊlɪt/