lapwing

lapwing

[lap-wing]
noun
1.
a large Old World plover, Vanellus vanellus, having a long, slender, upcurved crest, an erratic, flapping flight, and a shrill cry.
2.
any of several similar, related plovers.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English, variant (by association with wing) of lapwinke, Old English hlēapwince plover. See leap, wink

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lapwing (ˈlæpˌwɪŋ)
 
n
green plover, pewit, Also called: peewit any of several plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp V. vanellus, typically having a crested head, wattles, and spurs
 
[C17: altered form of Old English hlēapewince plover, from hlēapan to leap + wincian to jerk, wink1]

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lapwing
M.E. lappewinke (late 14c.), lapwyngis (early 15c.), folk etymology alteration of O.E. hleapewince, lit. "leaper-winker," from hleapan "to leap" + wince "totter, waver, move rapidly," related to wincian "to wink." Said to be "in reference to its irregular flapping manner of flight" [Barnhart], but the
lapwing also flaps around on the ground pretending to have a broken wing to lure egg-hunters away from its nest, which seems a more logical explanation. Its Gk. name was polyplagktos "luring on deceitfully."
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Lapwing definition


the name of an unclean bird, mentioned only in Lev. 11:19 and Deut. 14:18. The Hebrew name of this bird, _dukiphath_, has been generally regarded as denoting the hoope (Upupa epops), an onomatopoetic word derived from the cry of the bird, which resembles the word "hoop;" a bird not uncommon in Palestine. Others identify it with the English peewit.

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