Yaffle Yaf"fle, n. [Probably imitative of its call or cry.] (Zo["o]l.) The European green woodpecker ({Picus viridis} syn. {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}. [1913 Webster]

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  • yaffle — (noun)) 1) an armful of dried or nearly dried salt fish in Newfoundland, i.e. the amount that could be comfortably carried under one arm. Also a small yaffle could be as many fish as could be held in two hands together and a large yaffle what a… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • yaffle — Galley bird Gal ley bird , n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European green woodpecker, called also the {yaffle}; also, the spotted woodpecker. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yaffle — Green Green (gr[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Greener} (gr[=e]n [ e]r); superl. {Greenest.}] [OE. grene, AS. gr[=e]ne; akin to D. groen, OS. gr[=o]ni, OHG. gruoni, G. gr[ u]n, Dan. & Sw. gr[ o]n, Icel. gr[ae]nn; fr. the root of E. grow. See {Grow.}] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yaffle — noun the European green woodpecker, Picus viridis Syn: yaffingale, yaffler …   Wiktionary

  • yaffle — n. green woodpecker (British use) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • yaffle — yaf·fle …   English syllables

  • yaffle — /ˈjæfl/ (say yafuhl) verb (i) (yaffled, yaffling) to speak vaguely, pointlessly, and at considerable length; waffle. –yaffler, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • yaffle —   n. green woodpecker …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • yaffle — n. dial. a green woodpecker, Picus viridus. Etymology: imit. of its laughing cry …   Useful english dictionary

  • yaffle up — yaffle at hand …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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