lapwing

noun lap·wing \ ˈlap-ˌwiŋ \

Definition of lapwing

: 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


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