Definition of lapwing in English:

lapwing

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Pronunciation: /ˈlapwɪŋ
 
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noun

A large plover, typically having a black-and-white head and underparts and a loud call.
  • Genus Vanellus, family Charadriidae: several species, in particular the (northern) lapwing (V. vanellus) of Eurasia (also called the green plover or peewit), which has a dark green back and a crest
More example sentences
  • So why cannot hen harriers, sparrowhawks and goshawks be controlled to protect lapwings, curlews, golden plovers and, yes, pheasants and grouse?
  • The development of this wildlife site is ongoing with new hides to aid the study and photography of shelduck, dunlin, lapwing, golden plover and shoveller duck that have recently bred on Mangan's Lough.
  • The moorland blaze has come at a bad time for ground-nesting birds such as golden plovers, curlews, lapwings and merlins, a rare bird of prey.

Origin

Old English hlēapewince, from hlēapan 'to leap' and a base meaning 'move from side to side' (whence also wink); so named because of the way it flies. The spelling was changed in Middle English by association with lap2 and wing.

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