pewee

pewee

[pee-wee]
noun
1.
any of several New World flycatchers of the genus Contopus. Compare wood pewee.
2.
the phoebe.

Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism; imitative

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pewee or peewee (ˈpiːwiː)
 
n
any of several small North American flycatchers of the genus Contopus, having a greenish-brown plumage
 
[C19: imitative of its cry]
 
peewee or peewee
 
n
 
[C19: imitative of its cry]

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pewee
"flycatcher, lapwing," 1810, variant of pewit (q.v.). See also peewee.
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pewee

any of eight species of birds of the genus Contopus (family Tyrannidae); it is named for its call, which is monotonously repeated from an open perch. In North America a sad, clear "pee-oo-wee" announces the presence of the eastern wood pewee (C. virens), while a blurry "peeurrr" is the call of the western wood pewee (C. sordidulus). Some authorities consider the western form to be a race of C. virens. Both forms are plain birds, about 14 cm (6 inches) long, that resemble the eastern phoebe; the two forms differ from the eastern phoebe, however, in being browner and more slender and in having two distinct whitish wing bars

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