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[pip-it] /ˈpɪp ɪt/
any of several small songbirds of the genus Anthus, of the family Motacillidae, resembling the larks in coloration, structure, and habits.
Origin of pipit
First recorded in 1760-70; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When first discovered it contained two pipit's eggs and the egg of a cuckoo.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Gin they had a' fouchten as he pipit, there wad hae been anither tale to tell.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • The food of this pipit is composed of insects, and worms, and small seeds.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Sprague's pipit is all in streaks of brown and gray, and lighter below.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The Indian pipit affects open country and seems never to perch in trees.

  • Like the other members of its family, our Ground-Lark, or pipit, sometimes sings beautifully as it soars.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • The best known is Sprague's pipit, called the Missouri skylark, or sometimes the prairie skylark.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The nest of the pipit is made by hollowing out a little place in the ground and lining it with fine grasses.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • From this and the season, and the size and color of the bird, I knew he had seen the pipit or titlark.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • I looked in vain for the wood-lark; the country people confound it with the pipit.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for pipit


any of various songbirds of the genus Anthus and related genera, having brownish speckled plumage and a long tail: family Motacillidae Also called titlark
Word Origin
C18: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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