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[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
the phoebe.
Origin of pewit
1520-30; imitative Unabridged
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  • Marjory was very anxious that Blanche should see a pewit's nest.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
  • One of the first birds I saw, and one of the most puzzling, was the lapwing or pewit.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • It is unmistakably spring, because the pewit bushes are budding and on yonder aspen we can hear a forsythia bursting into song.

  • When its eggs are laid, the pewit will fight fiercely with any other of its species which comes too near it.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
  • Now and then I caught the cry of a pewit, or saw a snipe glance up from his bed; but mainly I was busied about the mare.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • I distinctly remembered firing it at a pewit an hour before, for Edmee had wanted to examine the bird's plumage.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • On the 7th, we saw a curlieu and a pewit, and on the 9th we caught a land-bird, very much resembling a starling.

  • In his best days, as he records in one of his letters, it was said of him that he “tripped like a pewit.”

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
British Dictionary definitions for pewit


another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C13: imitative of the bird's cry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pewit

"lapwing" (still the usual name for it in Scotland), 1520s, imitative of its cry (cf. Flemish piewit-voghel, Middle Low German kivit, German kiwitz; also see kibitz).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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