Etymology
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Picus (n.)

woodpecker genus, from Latin picus "woodpecker," from PIE root *(s)peik- "woodpecker, magpie" (source also of Umbrian peica "magpie," Sanskrit pikah "Indian cuckoo," Old Norse spætr, German Specht "woodpecker"); possibly from PIE root *pi-, denoting the pointedness of the beak. 

updated on June 04, 2020

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