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willet

[wil-it] /ˈwɪl ɪt/
noun, plural willets (especially collectively) willet.
1.
a large, eastern North American shorebird, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, having a striking black and white wing pattern.
Origin of willet
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; short for pill-will-willet, conventional imitative of its cry
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  • The willet is one of the shore birds that commonly use the marshland as a nesting site.
British Dictionary definitions for willet

willet

/ˈwɪlɪt/
noun
1.
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
short for pill-will-willet imitation of its cry
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