pewit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pewit small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America
    • n pewit large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
    • n pewit small black-headed European gull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pewit (Zoöl) The lapwing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pewit A name of various birds. The pewit-gull, laughing-gull, or mire-crow. Chroicocephalus ridibundus, of Europe. Also puet. Plot, 1686.
    • n pewit and gull.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pewit pē′wit the lapwing, a bird with a black head and crest, common in moors
    • Pewit Also Pē′wet, Pee′wit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of imitative origin; cf. OD. piewit, D. kievit, G. kibitz,

Usage

In literature:

I will teach thee a spring, Tony, to catch a pewit.
"Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
What can a man know who lives all his life on a hill with pewits for gossips?
"Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard" by Eleanor Farjeon
I distinctly remembered firing it at a pewit an hour before, for Edmee had wanted to examine the bird's plumage.
"Mauprat" by George Sand
She puckered her lips and gave the pewit call, but there was no answer.
"The Scotch Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
It is unmistakably spring, because the pewit bushes are budding and on yonder aspen we can hear a forsythia bursting into song.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
On the 7th, we saw a curlieu and a pewit, and on the 9th we caught a land-bird, very much resembling a starling.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
Since noon we've done nothing but pluck pheasants, pewits, wood-hens, and heath-cocks.
"In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I" by Various
Marjory was very anxious that Blanche should see a pewit's nest.
"Hunter's Marjory" by Margaret Bruce Clarke
Nearly everywhere in the United States we find this cheerful bird, known as Pewee, Barn Pewee, Bridge Pewee, or Phoebe, or Pewit Flycatcher.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
The plover were wailing; the sad-voiced pewits called; one by one, the frogs began a lonesome chant.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
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In poetry:

The birds fed where
The roots uptorn and bare
Thrust shameful at the sky;
And pewits round the tree would dip and cry
With the old pain.
"Ten o'Clock No More" by John Freeman
The pewit, swopping up and down
And screaming round the passer bye,
Or running oer the herbage brown
With copple crown uplifted high,
Loves in its clumps to make a home
Where danger seldom cares to come.
"Spear Thistle" by John Clare
The pewit turned over and stooped oer my head
Where the raven croaked loud like the ploughman ill-bred,
But the lark high above charmed me all the day long,
So I sat down and joined in the chorus of song.
"The Frightened Ploughman" by John Clare