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wood pewee

or wood-pe·wee

  1. either of two small North American flycatchers, the western Contopus sordidulus or the eastern C. virens.
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Origin of wood pewee

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for wood pewee

Historical Examples of wood pewee

  • Next to the wood-pewee, he was the most friendly of our feathered neighbors.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • This bird's nest, as well as his song, is unlike that of our wood-pewee.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • Other sweet baby-talk in the trees came from the wood-pewee.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • All the more we appreciate the faithful redeye and the wood-pewee.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • A Flicker, a Wood-pewee, and a Phoebe follow in quick succession.