Definition of willet in English:


Syllabification: wil·let
Pronunciation: /ˈwilit

noun (plural same or willets)

  • A large North American sandpiper.
    • Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, family Scolopacidae
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    • This was also true with the common snipe, lesser yellowlegs, willet, and western sandpiper.
    • From there, you can walk along the island's beach below the headquarters for a quarter to half a mile to extensive mud flats where colorful American oystercatchers, willets, black-bellied plovers and red knots are usually numerous.
    • For some shorebird species, such as willets and dunlin, we had diet data from BBH, although diets for several other species at this site are unknown.


mid 19th century: imitative of its call, pill-will-willet.

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