Definition of yaffle in English:

yaffle

noun

dialect
  • 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.’

Origin

Late 18th century: imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

yaffle

/ˈjaf(ə)l/