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peewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
noun
1.

pewit

or peewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
noun
1.
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
2.
the phoebe.
Origin of pewit
1520-1530
1520-30; imitative
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Examples from the Web for peewit
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  • The making of words from sounds; as, to hiss, a peewit or cuckoo from the sound it makes.

  • He could imagine it uttering the vibrant, plaintive cry of a peewit.

  • The "close order" flight of the peewit is well known; that of the starling is, if possible, even more wonderful.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • Then he realised it was the grass, and the peewit was calling.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • "That's a private trough," exclaimed a thin voice, high like a peewit's cry.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • They cry pe-e-e-e-wi, pe-e-e-e-e-wi, and the Imp cries "peewit" back to them.

  • A peewit called by the water's edge, a cock crew from the farm-yard, and a dog barked lustily.

  • Then he realized it was the grass, and the peewit was calling.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Professor Ansted includes the peewit in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.

  • They had met, and included in their meeting the thrust of the manifold grass stems, the cry of the peewit, the wheel of the stars.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for peewit

peewit

/ˈpiːwɪt/
noun
1.
another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C16: imitative of its call

pewit

/ˈpiːwɪt/
noun
1.
another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C13: imitative of the bird's cry
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Word Origin and History for peewit

pewit

n.

"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).

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