- a large, eastern North American shorebird, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, having a striking black and white wing pattern.
Origin of willet
1700–10, Americanism; short for pill-will-willet, conventional imitative of its cry
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Mr Willet looked at him, and saw it was Hugh; but he said nothing, and thought nothing.
Everybody looked at Mr Willet, after this alarming suggestion.
It has been reported that Mr Willet, previously to making answer, winked.
"She is gone, Doctor Willet," said the son, turning to greet the new-comer.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Up, and Willet come home in the morning, and, God forgive me!Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
- a large American shore bird, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, having a long stout bill, long legs, and a grey plumage with black-and-white wings: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
short for pill-will-willet imitation of its cry
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