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lapwing

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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


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