white·​wing | \ ˈhwīt-ˌwiŋ How to pronounce whitewing (audio) , ˈwīt-\

Definition of whitewing

: a person and especially a street sweeper wearing a white uniform

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Estimates put the number of breeding mourning doves at about 35 million and whitewings between 12 million and 14 million. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Sky’s the limit: Weather, numbers point to bang-up dove season," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of whitewing

1898, in the meaning defined above

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