pewee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pewee small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pewee (Zoöl) A common American tyrant flycatcher (Sayornis phœbe, or Sayornis fuscus). Called also pewit, and phœbe.
    • Pewee The woodcock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pewee A small olivaceous flycatcher of the family Tyrannidæ and genus Contopus. C. virens is the common wood-pewee of most parts of the United States and British America. It has a peculiarly drawling two-syllabled note, expressed by its name, quite different from the abrupt note of its relative called the pewit or phœbe. See cut under Contopus.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from its note

Usage

In literature:

If Mag had the sense of a pewee, she'd told me long ago.
"A Girl Of The Limberlost" by Gene Stratton Porter
Mrs. Pewee and I are very retiring.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
It is only the oriole and the wood pewee that, as a rule, go higher than this.
"Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and, Other Papers" by John Burroughs
See that sombre, ashen-colored pewee on yonder branch.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
If Pewee makes a fuss about it, I'll look after Pewee.
"The Hoosier School-boy" by Edward Eggleston
It was the western wood-pewee.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
One day a family of wood pewees visited the dooryard of my tent.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
Other sweet baby-talk in the trees came from the wood-pewee.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
A pewee chorus is a droll and dismal affair.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
And once I found a wood pewee in a somewhat similar mood.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
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In poetry:

Over the hills, as the pewee flies,
Under the blue of the Southern skies;
Over the hills, where the red-bird wings
Like a scarlet blossom, or sits and sings:
"The Road Home" by Madison Julius Cawein
There is singing of birds in the deep wet woods,
In the heart of the listening solitudes,
Pewees, and thrushes, and sparrows, not few,
And all the notes of their throats are true.
"Forest Moods" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

The locally-produced, artisan-quality trend is taking hold in another industry — and one Pewee Valley man hopes to be ahead of the curve.
Five Forks Drive in Pewee Valley has spent the last 40 years as a crumbling, privately-owned, pothole-laden path.
In an effort to reduce hydrocarbons in surface runoff, Pewee Valley city officials are planning a " pervious parking" lot next to City Hall.
Police responded to the Pewee Valley Cemetery before dawn Feb 22 after a jogger discovered a woman's body.
Pewee Valley boy's first elk hunt is a huge success.
Colby Smith, 12, of Pewee Valley was one of five young Kentucky hunters selected out of 805 applicants to participate in the Youth Elk Hunt in Breathitt County.
Big performances shine in Pewee Valley.
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