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Yaffle meaning

Yaffle - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. The European green woodpecker ( Picus, Genius, viridis). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also eccle, hewhole, highhoe, laughing bird, popinjay, rain bird, yaffil, yaffler, yaffingale, yappingale, yackel, and woodhack.

Yaffle - examples of usage

  1. Green- yellow, bursts from the copse the laughing yaffle; Sharp as a sickle is the edge of shade and shine: Earth in her heart laughs looking at the heavens, Thinking of the harvest: I look and think of mine. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. If a corpse be kept over a Sunday another death will occur before the week is out; should a big bumble- bee enter the window, a guest may be expected; and when the woodpecker, commonly called the yaffle, laughs, they say the rain is coming. - "English Villages", P. H. Ditchfield.
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