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pipit

[pip-it] /ˈpɪp ɪt/
noun
1.
any of several small songbirds of the genus Anthus, of the family Motacillidae, resembling the larks in coloration, structure, and habits.
Origin of pipit
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; imitative
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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

pipit

/ˈpɪpɪt/
noun
1.
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
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