pip·​it | \ ˈpi-pət How to pronounce pipit (audio) \

Definition of pipit

: any of various small songbirds (family Motacillidae and especially genus Anthus) resembling the lark

Examples of pipit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were two American pipits and a Pacific loon at Andrews Point in Rockport. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 Sightings at Nauset Spit in Orleans included a Lapland longspur, 3 marsh wrens, 5 American pipits, 21 Savannah sparrows, a yellow-breasted chat, and 3 bobolinks. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 24) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 1 Oct. 2019 With the rats gone, conservationists expect to see an explosion in the number of albatrosses, skuas, terns, petrels, and South Georgia pipits and pintail ducks. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 But since the rats were killed, the pipits have already responded, their numbers exploding now that their eggs and chicks are safe. National Geographic, "Large Island Declared Rat-Free in Biggest Removal Success," 9 May 2018 Some of the species have declined even more: Meadow pipit populations, for example, fell by 68 percent. James Gorman, New York Times, "Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline," 11 Apr. 2018 Meadow pipits, for example, have declined by 68 percent. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Pesticides Have Led to a ‘Catastrophic’ Decline in France’s Bird Populations," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pipit

1745, in the meaning defined above

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“Pipit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipit. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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