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ˈwɪl ɪtwil·let

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. willet, Catoptrophorus semipalmatusnoun

    large North American shorebird of eastern and Gulf Coasts


  1. willetnoun

    Tringa semipalmata or Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, a large shorebird.


  1. Willet

    The willet (Tringa semipalmata) is a large shorebird in the family Scolopacidae. It is a relatively large and robust sandpiper, and is the largest of the species called "shanks" in the genus Tringa. Its closest relative is the lesser yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage. It breeds in North America and the West Indies and winters in southern North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America.


  1. willet

    A willet is a type of large sandpiper bird native to North America, known for its distinctive call. It has gray legs and a long, straight beak, typically living in wetland habitats such as marshes or along coastlines. Its scientific name is Tringa semipalmata.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Willetnoun

    a large North American snipe (Symphemia semipalmata); -- called also pill-willet, will-willet, semipalmated tattler, or snipe, duck snipe, and stone curlew


  1. Willet

    The Willet, formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a good-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks. Its closest relative is the Lesser Yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage. Adults have gray legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark gray above and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The distinctive black and white pattern of the wings is a common sight along many North American coastal beaches. Two subspecies have very different breeding habitats and ranges. The Eastern Willet breeds in coastal saltmarshes from Nova Scotia to Mexico and the Caribbean. It winters on the Atlantic coast of South America. The Western Willet breeds in freshwater prairie marshes in western North America. It winters on both coasts, from the mid-Atlantic states south to at least Brazil on the Atlantic, and from Oregon south to Peru on the Pacific. Willets nest on the ground, usually in well-hidden locations in short grass, often in colonies. These birds forage on mudflats or in shallow water, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Willet

    wil′et, n. a North American bird of the snipe family, belonging to the tattler group—also Stone-curlew.

Editors Contribution

  1. willetnoun

    faecal deposit left on the penis after an act of sodomy

    Etymology: Unknown

    Submitted by davidmolecey on October 20, 2022  

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Willet is ranked #18440 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Willet surname appeared 1,501 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Willet.

    90% or 1,352 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 67 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 27 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of willet in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of willet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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