tree creeper


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tree creeper any of numerous South American and Central American birds with a curved bill and stiffened tail feathers that climb and feed like woodpeckers
    • n tree creeper any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tree creeper (Zoöl) any one of numerous species of arboreal creepers belonging to Certhia Climacteris, and allied genera. See Creeper, 3.
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In literature:

Have you ever heard a tree-creeper talking to itself?
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Innumerable festoons of creepers hung down from those trees.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Vigorous parasites and creepers strove to strangle the larger trees, but strove in vain.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
This species displaces the Himalayan tree-creeper in the Eastern Himalayas.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
His beautiful forked horns were caught up in a creeper hanging from a tree, from which he was trying to free himself.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The trees, placed more widely apart, were covered with gigantic creepers drooping to the ground.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
We pass thousands of trees, climb over hundreds of fallen trunks and brush past millions of creepers.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
And there were huge creepers that ran from tree to tree climbing there, and throwing down great loops of rope.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
Creepers were burned out in the act of strangling trees.
"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley
There was a terrific rending of tree trunks and webbed creepers.
"The Planetoid of Peril" by Paul Ernst
Revel got farther and farther in advance, tearing with his pick at vines and creepers, trampling small trees, making enough noise for seven men.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
Among the wonders of the gardens are the vines as they call them, that is, the creepers of various kinds that climb about the other trees.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
This river-bank was high and broken up into great rifts with earthen sides all filled and covered with trees and creepers.
"The Induna's Wife" by Bertram Mitford
At one spot there was a dark ravine and a pool overhung by trees and creepers.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
Among the wonders of the garden are the vines, as they call them, that is, the creepers of various kinds that climb about the other trees.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
She paused at the brink of the ravine, watching the tree-creepers with wide, unconscious eyes.
"Dick's Desertion" by Marjorie L. C. Pickthall
The place was matted with monkey-creepers, mosses, huge ferns, and a thick undergrowth around the trunks of great trees.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
For an hour they travelled among heavy-bodied creepers and massive trees when, through the solemn stillness, echoed the far-off tinkle of a bell.
"The Three Sapphires" by W. A. Fraser
Trees jutted out of each crevice, while gigantic creepers swung like rope-ladders over the front of these strangely heaped-up boulders.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
Creepers, who also go over tree trunks, go up only, and they also use their stiff tails for a brace.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

Oh, the wood with winds a-wrestle!
With the nut and acorn strown!
Oh, the wood where creepers trestle
Tree unto tree o'ergrown!
"The Ramble" by Cale Young Rice
In rich Virginian woods,
The scarlet creeper reddens over graves,
Among the solemn trees enlooped with vines;
Heroic spirits haunt the solitudes,—
The noble souls of half a million braves,
Amid the murmurous pines.
"Heroes" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Virginia creeper reaches high into trees, provides ground cover for animals.