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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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  • willet knew that the French and Tandakora suspected no pursuit.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Mr willet looked at him, and saw it was Hugh; but he said nothing, and thought nothing.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The muzzle of his rifle began to slide forward, but willet put out a detaining hand.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • "She is gone, Doctor willet," said the son, turning to greet the new-comer.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Robert Lennox, Tayoga, willet, and all the other important characters of the earlier romances reappear in the present book.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Up, and willet come home in the morning, and, God forgive me!

  • At half past four willet repeated his question, but the lips of the spy remained tightly closed.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • "Likely he's on his way to a French camp with information about our forces," said willet.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Robert glanced at him, but willet did not reveal his meaning.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Tayoga and willet were already gone from his sight, seeking what he sought.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
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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