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noun lap·wing \ˈlap-ˌwiŋ\

Definition of lapwing

  1. :  a crested Old World plover (Vanellus vanellus) noted for its slow irregular flapping flight and shrill wailing cry; also :  any of several related plovers

Origin and Etymology of lapwing

Middle English, by folk etymology from Old English hlēapewince; akin to Old English hlēapan to leap and to Old English wincian to wink

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with lapwing

Anqing, backswing, Baoding, bedspring, Beijing, bi-swing, bitewing, bowstring, bullring, Chongqing, clearwing, downswing, drawstring, D ring, earring, first-string, forewing, G-string, greenwing, growth ring, hairspring, hamstring, handspring, headspring, heartstring, hind wing, hot spring, Kunming, lacewing, latchstring, left-wing, mainspring, Nanjing, Nan Ling, Nanning, O-ring, offspring, plaything, redwing, right-wing, seal ring, shoestring, slip ring, sure thing, unsling, unstring, upspring, upswing, waxwing, wellspring, whitewing, wingding, Xining

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