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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lapwing  \Lap"wing`\,  n.  [OE.  lapwynke  leepwynke  AS 
  hle['a]pewince;  hle['a]pan  to  leap,  jump  +  (prob.)  a  word 
  akin  to  AS  wincian  to  wink,  E.  wink,  AS  wancol  wavering; 
  cf  G.  wanken  to  stagger,  waver.  See  {Leap},  and  {Wink}.] 
  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}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  large  crested  Old  World  plover  having  wattles  and  spurs 
  [syn:  {green  plover},  {peewit},  {pewit}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  the  name  of  an  unclean  bird,  mentioned  only  in  Lev.  11:19  and 
  Deut.  14:18.  The  Hebrew  name  of  this  bird,  _dukiphath_,  has  been 
  generally  regarded  as  denoting  the  hoope  (Upupa  epops),  an 
  onomatopoetic  word  derived  from  the  cry  of  the  bird,  which 
  resembles  the  word  "hoop;"  a  bird  not  uncommon  in  Palestine. 
  Others  identify  it  with  the  English  peewit. 

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