Etymology
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peckerwood (n.)

1859, U.S. Southern black dialectal inversion of woodpecker; in folklore, taken as the type of white people, especially poor whites (1929), and symbolically contrasted with blackbird.

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Definitions of peckerwood

peckerwood (n.)
bird with strong claws and a stiff tail adapted for climbing and a hard chisel-like bill for boring into wood for insects;
Synonyms: woodpecker / pecker
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