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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.


n. (alternative form of eckle English)

Usage examples of "eccle".

With a trace ofboyish bad temper Eccles pulls over and stops in front of a fire hydrant.

When Eccles turns to Harry to guffaw conspiratorially after this dig, bitterness cripples his laugh, turns his lips in tightly, so his small jawed head shows its teeth like a skull.

The thought flits through his brain that Eccles is known as a fag and he has become the new pet.

As he and Eccles walk together toward the first tee he feels dragged down, lame.

In avoiding looking at Eccles he looks at the ball, which sits high on the tee and already seems free of the ground.

She gently lowers herself onto the cushions of the porch glider and startles Eccles by kicking up her legs as, with a squeak and sharp sway, the glider takes her weight.

It seems to Eccles that he himselfwas this way as a boy, always giving and giving and always being suddenly swamped.

In worming against her warmth he has pulled her dress up from her knees, and their repulsive breadth and pallor, laid bare defenselessly, superimposed upon the tiny, gamely gritted teeth the boy exposed for him, this old whiteness strained through this fine mesh, make a milk that feels to Eccles like his own blood.

And for Eccles there is an additional hope, a secret detennination to trounce Harry.

Their rapport at moments attains for Eccles a pitch of pleasure, a harmless ecstasy, that makes the world with its vicious circumstantiality seem remote and spherical and green.

His continuing to stand puts Eccles in a petitionary position, sitting on the bench like a choirboy.

Rabbit stands up on ankles of air and Eccles comes over with that familiar frown in his eyebrows.

Reverend Eccles has told you, but my situation has kind of changed and I have to take another job.

And Eccles has told him that her company was a great comfort to Janice during the trying period now past.

Its larger significance, its greater meaning, Eccles takes to be this: suffering, deprivation, barrenness, hardship, lack are all an indispensable part of the education, the initiation, as it were, of any of those who would follow Jesus Christ.