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[pip-it] /ˈpɪp ɪt/
any of several small songbirds of the genus Anthus, of the family Motacillidae, resembling the larks in coloration, structure, and habits.
Origin of pipit
1760-70; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The best known is Sprague's pipit, called the Missouri skylark, or sometimes the prairie skylark.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The food of this pipit is composed of insects, and worms, and small seeds.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The scene of the tragedy was the nest of a pipit, or titlark, on the ground beneath a heather-bush.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Like the other members of its family, our Ground-Lark, or pipit, sometimes sings beautifully as it soars.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • My new-found friend (the feathered one, I mean) was the American pipit, which some years ago was known as the tit-lark.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • From this and the season, and the size and color of the bird, I knew he had seen the pipit or titlark.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Sprague's pipit is all in streaks of brown and gray, and lighter below.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • When sitting on the wire its tail used to hang down in a most unwagtail-like manner, so that the bird looked rather like a pipit.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • I looked in vain for the wood-lark; the country people confound it with the pipit.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • The breeding season of this pipit varies considerably according to latitude.

British Dictionary definitions for pipit


any of various songbirds of the genus Anthus and related genera, having brownish speckled plumage and a long tail: family Motacillidae Also called titlark
Word Origin
C18: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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