Lapwing meaning

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Any of several medium-sized wading birds belonging to the subfamily Vanellinae within family Charadriidae.
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Any of several medium-sized shorebirds of the widely distributed genus Vanellus, having distinctive deep wing beats, especially the northern lapwing.
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Any of a genus (Vanellus) of black-and-white plovers; esp., an Old World crested species (V. vanellus) with broad, rounded wings, noted for spectacular aerial displays.
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A silly man.
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Origin of lapwing

  • By folk etymology from Middle English lapwink hoopoe, lapwing from Old English hlēapewince hlēapan to leap wincan to waver

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English hlÄ“apewince, from hlÄ“apan (“to leap") + *winc- ("sway, totter") (because of its manner of flight). The modern form is influenced by popular etymology.

    From Wiktionary