picus definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of woodpeckers, including a few of the typical American and European species.
    • A Linnean genus of woodpeckers, formerly coextensive with all the family members Picidæ, later on variously restricted. Title reaches current used: the common group of which the great black woodpecker of European countries, Picus martius, could be the type, otherwise known as Dryocopus (see cut-under Dryocopus); for a large variety of smaller species, spotted with black-and-white, eg P. major and P. small of European countries, in addition to hairy and downy woodpeckers of America, P. villosus and P. pubescens.
    • type genus of Picidae

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