Meaning of yellow-bellied sapsucker

yel'low-bellied sap'sucker

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  1. a woodpecker, Sphyrapicus varius, of eastern North America, having a red patch on the forehead and black and white plumage with a pale-yellow abdomen, and feeding on sap from trees.
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