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Definition of "lapwing" []

  • Any of several Old World birds of the genus Vanellus related to the plovers, especially V. vanellus, having a narrow crest and erratic flight behavior. Also called green plover, pewit. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lapwing" in a sentence
  • "The lapwing is a kind of plover, and is very swift of foot."
  • "Kibitz The flycatcher (also called lapwing, pewit, and other names) is an insectivorous bird with an irritating cry."
  • "a big kind of lapwing and snipe; but the snipe here were cunning, and got up wild and flew far, so I only got a small bag."