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wood pewee

or wood-pewee

either of two small North American flycatchers, the western Contopus sordidulus or the eastern C. virens.
Origin of wood pewee
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Muscicapa virens (wood pewee), Moosehead, and I think beyond.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • Like other bird mothers, the wood pewee is devoted to her nestlings.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Their three or four eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the eastern wood pewee.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • It is only the oriole and the wood pewee that, as a rule, go higher than this.

  • "You haven't given us any table for the wood pewee," said Dodo, who always took great pleasure in writing in her little book.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • I think the prize nest of the woods, if we except the nest of the hummingbird, is that of the wood pewee.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The plaint of the wood pewee, pensive and like a human sigh, is far from pessimistic, although in a minor key.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The wood pewee builds a neat, compact socket-shaped nest of moss and lichens on a horizontal branch.

  • One lady who watched a wood pewee build her nest heard her sing to herself as she worked what sounded like "O-wee-wee-wee."

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • One more—among a few others—the softly falling, round, small, upward-swinging call of the wood pewee.

    Summer Dallas Lore Sharp

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