speight

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EtymologyEdit

1598, from earlier specht (1552, woodpecker), probably of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin, from Middle Low German specht (wookpecker), from Old Saxon speht (woodpecker), from Proto-Germanic *spihtaz, *spihtōn, *spiha- (woodpecker), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pīk(ʷ)- (a kind of bird). Cognate with Dutch specht (woodpecker), German Specht (woodpecker), Danish spætte (woodpecker), Latin pīcus (woodpecker), Ancient Greek πῑπώ (pīpoú, woodpecker).

NounEdit

speight (plural speights)

  1. (bird) a woodpecker.
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