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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. 2017.
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  • The wood pewee's nest is a frail, shallow excuse for a nest, resting securely on a horizontal limb of some well-grown tree.

    The Bird Study Book Thomas Gilbert Pearson
  • Their three or four eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the eastern wood pewee.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Muscicapa virens (wood pewee), Moosehead, and I think beyond.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • It is only the oriole and the wood pewee that, as a rule, go higher than this.

  • In his notes, the yellow-belly may be said to take after both the least flycatcher and the wood pewee.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • "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
  • Dr. Fisher says that one of its notes quite closely resembles that of the wood pewee.

  • 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
  • Paddling near the shore, we frequently heard the pe-pe of the olive-sided flycatcher, also the wood pewee and the kingfisher.

    Canoeing in the wilderness Henry David Thoreau
  • The wood pewee builds a neat, compact socket-shaped nest of moss and lichens on a horizontal branch.

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