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peewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
noun
1.

pewit

or peewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
noun
1.
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
2.
the phoebe.
Origin of pewit
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; imitative
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Examples from the Web for peewit
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  • He could imagine it uttering the vibrant, plaintive cry of a peewit.

  • 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.

  • When you hear me cry as the peewit cries, run as quickly as may be towards the boat.

    The Thirsty Sword Robert Leighton
  • A peewit had laid four eggs on the very spot, as I calculated, where I had hooked my biggest carp.

  • They had met, and included in their meeting the thrust of the manifold grass stems, the cry of the peewit, the wheel of the stars.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Nearer home a peewit called, and Robert Carlton caught himself wondering whether there would be rain before morning.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • Many of these eggs are passed off for those of the peewit by unscrupulous dealers, notably in Leadenhall market.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for peewit

peewit

/ˈpiːwɪt/
noun
1.
another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C16: imitative of its call

pewit

/ˈpiːwɪt/
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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