Any of various small, often olive-gray flycatchers of the genus Contopus of the Americas, especially a wood pewee.
Any of a genus (Contopus) of small tyrant flycatchers; esp., the wood pewees.
An American version of the children's game Gilli-danda.
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Origin of pewee
- Imitative of its call
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Imitative, from its note.