a northern flicker





  • From Middle English flikeren, from Old English flicerian, flicorian.
  • Akin to Saterland Frisian flikkerje,
  • West Frisian flikkerje, Dutch flikkeren, German Low German flickern. Compare Old English flacor, German flackern, Old English flēoġan.
  • 1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.
  • flick + -er

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