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Meaning of pewit by Wiktionary Dictionary



    pewit ( plural: pewits )

    1. ( UK ) Alternative form of peewit .

Explanation of pewit by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America

    2. large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs

    3. small black-headed European gull

    Definition of pewit by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Laughing a. & n. from Laugh, v. i.

      Laughing falcon ( Zool. ), a South American hawk ( Herpetotheres cachinnans ); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. -- Laughing gas ( Chem. ), nitrous oxide, also called hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen; -- so called from the exhilaration and laughing which it sometimes produces when inhaled. It has been much used as an anaesthetic agent, though now its use is primarily in dentistry -- Laughing goose ( Zool. ), the European white-fronted goose. -- Laughing gull. ( Zool. ) A common European gull ( Xema ridibundus ); -- called also pewit, black cap, red-legged gull, and sea crow. An American gull ( Larus atricilla ). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black. -- Laughing hyena ( Zool. ), the spotted hyena. See Hyena. -- Laughing jackass ( Zool. ), the great brown kingfisher ( Dacelo gigas ), of Australia; -- called also giant kingfisher, and gogobera. -- Laughing owl ( Zool. ), a peculiar owl ( Sceloglaux albifacies ) of New Zealand, said
      to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes.

    2. Pewee n. [So called from its note.]
      1. ( Zool. ) A common American tyrant flycatcher ( Sayornis phœbe, or Sayornis fuscus ). Called also pewit, and phœbe.

      2. The woodcock. [Local, U.S.]

      Wood pewee ( Zool. ), a bird ( Contopus virens ) similar to the pewee ( See Pewee, 1 ), but of smaller size.

    3. Pewit n. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. OD. piewit, D. kievit, G. kibitz.] ( Zool. ) The lapwing. The European black-headed, or laughing, gull ( Xema ridibundus ). See under Laughing. The pewee. [Written also peevit, peewit, pewet.]