1. [syn: lapwing, green plover, peewit, pewit]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lapwing \Lap"wing`\, n. [OE. lapwynke, leepwynke, AS.
hle['a]pewince; hle['a]pan to leap, jump + (prob.) a word
akin to AS. wincian to wink, E. wink, AS. wancol wavering;
cf. G. wanken to stagger, waver. See Leap, and Wink.]
A small European bird of the Plover family (Vanellus
cristatus, or Vanellus vanellus). It has long and broad
wings, and is noted for its rapid, irregular fight, upwards,
downwards, and in circles. Its back is coppery or greenish
bronze. Its eggs are the "plover's eggs" of the London
market, esteemed a delicacy. It is called also peewit,
dastard plover, and wype. The gray lapwing is the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
[syn: lapwing, green plover, peewit, pewit]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
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.