lap·​wing ˈlap-ˌwiŋ How to pronounce lapwing (audio)
: a crested Old World plover (Vanellus vanellus) noted for its slow irregular flapping flight and shrill wailing cry
also : any of several related plovers

Examples of lapwing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the survey's findings were that some areas in the no man's land were important for the birds that use Cyprus as a stopover during spring and autumn migration, like buzzards, ospreys and harriers, as well as the Northern lapwing whose numbers in Europe have been in decline. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: The most notable sightings from last week were a Northern lapwing at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation in Mattapoisett and a mew gull at Broad Cove in Somerset., 1 Dec. 2019 Electricity is intermittent and the main source of fuel is buffalo dung, the scent of which drifts through the air along with the tweets and chirrups of red-wattled lapwings. The Economist, 25 Oct. 2019 Some are vulnerable or endangered, including the Euphrates softshell turtle and the red‐wattled lapwing, according to the Guardian’s Constanze Letsch. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 12 Sep. 2019 In Finland, for example, the Northern lapwing and Eurasian curlew have usually built their ground nests on barley fields after farmers have sown their crops in the spring. Author: Livia Albeck Ripka, Brad Plumer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2018

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lapwing was in the 14th century

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“Lapwing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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