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lapwing

[lap-wing] /ˈlæpˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
a large Old World plover, Vanellus vanellus, having a long, slender, upcurved crest, an erratic, flapping flight, and a shrill cry.
2.
any of several similar, related plovers.
Origin of lapwing
1050
before 1050; Middle English, variant (by association with wing) of lapwinke, Old English hlēapwince plover. See leap, wink1
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  • "Wait a minute—only a minute," she said, and tripped off with the swift glide of a lapwing.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Then the Crow flew away and the lapwing went on complaining.

  • It is as nervous about the site of its nest as a lapwing is.

  • We had not heard from brother Jack since he went aboard the lapwing.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • The name of the lapwing aroused me; she was the brig in which my brother Jack had gone to sea.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • And here is a moorcock's; and this—I should know it among a thousand—it's a lapwing's.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • I made him promise he'd never shoot a lapwing after that, and he didn't.

    Emily Bront

    A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • It was sometimes represented as a crane, at others as a lapwing.

    Scarabs Isaac Myer
  • The lapwing is an early breeder, and eggs may often be found by the middle of March.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • But the lapwing reappeared, shaking herself, and still turning.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for lapwing

lapwing

/ˈlæpˌwɪŋ/
noun
1.
any of several plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp V. vanellus, typically having a crested head, wattles, and spurs Also called green plover, pewit, peewit
Word Origin
C17: altered form of Old English hlēapewince plover, from hlēapan to leap + wincian to jerk, wink1
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Word Origin and History for lapwing
n.

Middle English lappewinke (late 14c.), lapwyngis (early 15c.), folk etymology alteration of Old English hleapewince, probably literally "leaper-winker," from hleapan "to leap" + wince "totter, waver, move rapidly," related to wincian "to wink." Said to be so called from "the manner of its flight" [OED] "in reference to its irregular flapping manner of flight" [Barnhart], but the lapwing also flaps on the ground pretending to have a broken wing to lure egg-hunters away from its nest, which seems a more logical explanation. Its Greek name was polyplagktos "luring on deceitfully."

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