pewit

or pee·wit

[ pee-wit, pyoo-it ]
/ ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt /

noun

the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
the phoebe.

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Origin of pewit

First recorded in 1520–30; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for pewit

pewit
/ (ˈpiːwɪt) /

noun

another name for lapwing

Word Origin for pewit

C13: imitative of the bird's cry
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