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creeper,

common name for members of a family of small, inconspicuous birds related to wrens and nuthatches. They are found in wooded regions of the temperate Northern Hemisphere. A creeper spirals up a tree trunk using its long, stiff tail as a prop and searches out minute insects with its long, downward-curved beak; it then swoops to the base of another tree to begin again. The most widely distributed member of the family is the brown creeper, Certhia familiaris, found in North America and Eurasia. It is 5 in. (13 cm) long, brown above and white below. Other North American creepers are the Rocky Mt., Sierra, and California creepers. Some warblerswarbler,
name applied in the New World to members of the wood warbler family (Parulidae) and in the Old World to a large family (Sylviidae) of small, drab, active songsters, including the hedge sparrow, the kinglet, and the tailorbird of SE Asia, Orthotomus sutorius,
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 are also called creepers, e.g., the honey creeper. Creepers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Certhiidae.

creeper

[′krē·pər]
(engineering)
A low platform on small casters that is used for back support and mobility when a person works under a car.
(mining engineering)
An endless chain that catches mine car axles on projecting bars.

creeper

1. A brick in the wall adjacent to an arch, cut to conform to the curvature of the extrados.
2. (pl.) Same as crocket.

creeper

1. a plant, such as the ivy or periwinkle, that grows by creeping
2. US and Canadian any small songbird of the family Certhiidae of the N hemisphere, having a brown-and-white plumage and slender downward-curving bill. They creep up trees to feed on insects
3. a hooked instrument for dragging deep water
4. a flat board or framework mounted on casters, used to lie on when working under cars
5. Cricket a bowled ball that keeps low or travels along the ground
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