One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for green woodpecker
- ‘Today, the references tell us that in many English country dialects, from Yorkshire south to Kent and west to Devon, the green woodpecker was called a yaffle.’
- ‘The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis, sometimes called Yaffle) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae.’
- ‘The largest of the three species of wood pecker found in Britain, Green Woodpeckers are also easily recognized by their laughing ‘yaffle’ call.’
Late 18th century: imitative of its call.
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