[pek-er-woo d] /ˈpɛk ərˌwʊd/
Midland and Southern U.S. .
Southern U.S. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. .
Southern U.S. small or insignificant:
He makes a living farming and running a peckerwood sawmill.
1859, U.S. Southern black dialectal inversion of woodpecker; in folklore, taken as the type of white folks (1929) and symbolically contrasted with blackbird.
[1929+ esp black; fr rural black use of the red-headed woodpecker, with dialect inversion of the word elements, as a symbol for white persons in contrast with the blackbird as a symbol for themselves; the red head may be the semantic base, suggesting redneck]
[pek] /pɛk/ verb (used with object) 1. to strike or indent with the beak, as a bird does, or with some pointed instrument, especially with quick, repeated movements. 2. to make (a hole, puncture, etc.) by such strokes; pierce. 3. to take (food) bit by bit, with or as with the beak. verb (used without […]
- Pearl primus
[pree-muh s] /ˈpri məs/ noun 1. Pearl, 1919–1994, U.S. dancer, born in Trinidad. /ˈpraɪməs/ noun 1. (Scottish Episcopal Church) the presiding bishop in the Synod /ˈpraɪməs/ noun 1. trademark a portable paraffin cooking stove, used esp by campers Also called Primus stove Latin for “first, the first” (see prime (adj.)).
noun 1. Animal Behavior. a dominance hierarchy, seen especially in domestic poultry, that is maintained by one bird pecking another of lower status. 2. a sequence or hierarchy of authority in an organization or social group. noun 1. Also called peck order. a natural hierarchy in a group of gregarious birds, such as domestic fowl […]
noun 1. an edible marine fish, Glaucosoma scapulare, of eastern Australian coastal waters.