nounpl. -·lets or -·let
a large, gray-and-white, long-legged shorebird (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) of the same family (Scolopacidae) as snipe and sandpipers, living along shallow shores, marshes, etc. of North and South America
Origin of willetechoic of its cry
A large grayish sandpiper (Tringa semipalmata) of the Americas whose wings show a black and white pattern when the bird is in flight.
Origin of willetImitative of its call
- Tringa semipalmata or Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, a large shorebird.
- A patronymic surname.
From a medieval diminutive form of the given name Will.