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pewit

[pee-wit, pyoo-it] /ˈpi wɪt, ˈpyu ɪt/
noun
1.
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus.
2.
the phoebe.
Also, peewit.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; imitative
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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 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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