Definitions for lapwingˈlæpˌwɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of several large plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp. V. vanellus, of Eurasia and N Africa, having a long, upcurved crest, an erratic, flopping flight, and a shrill cry.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of lapwing:

bef. 1050; ME, var. (by assoc. with wing ) of lapwinke

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lapwing, green plover, peewit, pewit(noun)

    large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs


  1. lapwing(Noun)

    Any of several medium-sized wading birds belonging to the subfamily Vanellinae of the family Charadriidae.

  2. lapwing(Noun)

    A silly man.

  3. Origin: From hlēapewince, from hlēapan ‘to leap’ + *winc- ‘sway, totter’ (because of its manner of flight). The modern form is partly due to popular etymology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lapwing(noun)

    a small European bird of the Plover family (Vanellus cristatus, or V. vanellus). It has long and broad wings, and is noted for its rapid, irregular fight, upwards, downwards, and in circles. Its back is coppery or greenish bronze. Its eggs are the "plover's eggs" of the London market, esteemed a delicacy. It is called also peewit, dastard plover, and wype. The gray lapwing is the Squatarola cinerea


  1. Lapwing

    Vanellinae are any of various crested plovers, family Charadriidae, noted for its slow, irregular wingbeat in flight and a shrill, wailing cry. Its length is 10-16 inches. They are a subfamily of medium-sized wading birds which also includes the plovers and dotterels. The Vanellinae are collectively called lapwings but also contain the ancient Red-kneed Dotterel. A lapwing can be thought of as a larger plover. The traditional terms "plover", "lapwing" and "dotterel" were coined long before modern understandings of the relationships between different groups of birds emerged: in consequence, several of the Vanellinae are still often called "plovers", and the reverse also applies, albeit more rarely, to some Charadriinae. In Europe, "lapwing" often refers specifically to the Northern Lapwing, the only member of this group to occur in most of the continent.

Anagrams of lapwing

  1. pawling


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