Definition of black woodpecker in US English:

black woodpecker

noun

  • 1The large Dryocopus martius of northern Eurasia (also called great black woodpecker).

  • 2North American the pileated woodpecker, D. pileatus; frequently with distinguishing word.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Eleazar Albin (d. ?1742), naturalist and watercolour painter.