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peewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it]
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noun
  1. pewit.

pewit

or pee·wit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it]
noun
  1. the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
  2. the phoebe.

Origin of pewit

First recorded in 1520–30; imitative
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Examples from the Web for peewit

Historical Examples

  • He could imagine it uttering the vibrant, plaintive cry of a peewit.

    The Best Short Stories of 1915

    Various

  • Then he realised it was the grass, and the peewit was calling.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • They cry pe-e-e-e-wi, pe-e-e-e-e-wi, and the Imp cries "peewit" back to them.

  • Then he realized it was the grass, and the peewit was calling.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • By which I do not mean that no peewit is ever taken by a peregrine.


British Dictionary definitions for peewit

peewit

noun
  1. another name for lapwing

Word Origin

C16: imitative of its call

pewit

noun
  1. another name for lapwing

Word Origin

C13: imitative of the bird's cry
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Word Origin and History for peewit

pewit

n.

"lapwing" (still the usual name for it in Scotland), 1520s, imitative of its cry (cf. Flemish piewit-voghel, Middle Low German kivit, German kiwitz; also see kibitz).

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