Definition of yaffle :
The European green woodpecker ( Picus, 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.
- Then there is Mr Drinkwater with the enthusiasm of the just man for moonlit apples- 'moon- washed apples of wonder'- and the righteous man's sense of robust rhythm in this chorus from 'Lincoln':- 'You who know the tenderness Of old men at eve- tide, Coming from the hedgerows, Coming from the plough, And the wandering caress Of winds upon the woodside, When the crying yaffle goes Underneath the bough. - "Aspects of Literature", J. Middleton Murry.