Definition of piculet in English:

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piculet

Pronunciation: /ˈpikyəlit/

noun

A tiny tropical woodpecker with a short unstiffened tail, found chiefly in Central and South America.
  • Picumnus and other genera, family Picidae: numerous species, including the olivaceous piculet (P. olivaceus).
Example sentences
  • Moreover, the number of transitions as a function of transversions appears linear over the range of nucleotide divergences represented by woodpeckers and the piculet.
  • Small in size, the piculet ranges from 3 to 5 inches in length.
  • The Fine-barred Piculet (Picumnus subtilis) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is endemic to Peru.

Origin

Mid 19th century: apparently a double diminutive of Latin picus 'woodpecker'.

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Syllabification: pic·u·let

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