[ wil-it ]
/ ˈwɪl ɪt /

noun, plural wil·lets, (especially collectively) wil·let.

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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British Dictionary definitions for willet

/ (ˈwɪlɪt) /


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

Word Origin for willet

short for pill-will-willet imitation of its cry
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