lapwing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lapwing large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lapwing (Zoöl) 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 Squatarola cinerea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lapwing A plover-like bird with four toes, a crest, and lustrous plumage, belonging to the genus Vanellus and family Charadriidæ. The best-known lapwing is V. cristatus, a common European bird, also called pe-wit, from its cry. The adult male has the upper parts iridescent with green, violet, and purplish tints, the under parts white, a large area on the breast and the top of the head and the long crest black, the tail-coverts chestnut or orange-brown, the tail black and white, the bill black, and the feet red. It is about as large as a pigeon. The eggs are esteemed a great luxury, and many are annually sent to the London markets from the marshy districts of England, under the name of plovers' eggs. There are other species. Also called flopuing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lapwing lap′wing the name of a bird of the plover family, also called peewit, from its peculiar cry.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lapwynke, leepwynke, AS. hleápewince,; hleápan, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. lappewinke—A.S. hleápewincehleápan, to leap or run, and root of wink, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

With the "Lapwing" in tow, and the gentlest of breezes filling the lighter canvas, we shape our course eastward.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
A lapwing now With fierce-arm'd face he flies.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
But, as might have been expected, the parent lapwing never went near that nest again.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
Then she turned round suddenly, opened the door, and ran up the stairs rapidly like a lapwing, I after her.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The Lapwing will serve as an illustration.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
At length he seemed to relinquish hope, and 'The Lapwing' proceeded on her voyage.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Horatio ("Hamlet," v. 2) says of Osric: "This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The actors, poor lapwings, are but pen-feathered; and once out, out for ever.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
The whaup, and plover, and lapwing piped, and whistled, and fluttered around me.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Sayer was appointed to the command of the Lapwing cutter in 1807, and of the Ranger in 1809.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
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In poetry:

The curlew and the lapwing,
They look for a moment at me,
Then they whoop and dive together,
For they understand my glee.
"A Whiff Of Nature" by Alexander Anderson
I hear the curlew's sudden call,
The lapwing follows suit;
The little streamlet's tiny fall,
The distance makes half mute.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
I've heart of a lapwing.
God! how I hate
Din of these tram-cars,
Early an' late,
When t' wind is in alders
An' becks are in spate.
"Moorland Wife" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Briefly now the lapwing flies
O’er the bog-pond’s blushes,
Ere it folds its wings and lies
’Neath a roof of rushes.
Still, my heart, now sets the sun.
"Evening" by Jeppe Aakjaer
In fat—ribbed fallows
The lapwings nest,
And the home—coming swallows
Seek out where best
They may build, with a love that is sure and stable,
Their cosy cribs under last year's gable.
"Another Spring Carol" by Alfred Austin
"His beard on his back the lapwing wears.
His nose 'neath his chin the elfin bears.
More black is sin than the blackest sloe:
And thought is swifter than any roe.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow

In news:

Northern lapwings, a species found in Eurasia, have been seen between Nova Scotia and North Carolina, but recently also have been spotted on Nantucket and in Plymouth.
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In science:

DOS) and projections onto the LAPW spheres is showm in Fig. 2.
Enhanced Born Charge and Proximity to Ferroelectricity in Thallium Halides
The LAPW basis functions are truncated at |k + Gi | ≤ 3.33 × 2π/a, corresponding to 225 LAPW functions at the Γ point.
Energy bandstructures of MgB2 and the related compounds
The usage of spherical harmonics in the LAPW basis set suggest to calculate the expressions hn′k |∂x + i∂y | nki and hn′k |∂x − i∂y )| nki and to derive the x− and y− component as their linear combinations.
Linear optical properties of solids within the full-potential linearized augmented planewave method
It was necessary to perform 17 independent LAPW calculations over a large range of volumes and c/a ratios.
Precise Tight-binding Description of the Band Structure of MgB2
Our LAPW equilibrium parameters are c = 6.55 a.u. and a = 5.75 a.u., as compared to the experimental values of c = 6.66 a.u. and a = 5.83 a.u.
Precise Tight-binding Description of the Band Structure of MgB2
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