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lap·wing

 (lăp′wĭng′)
n.
Any of several medium-sized shorebirds of the widely distributed genus Vanellus, having distinctive deep wing beats, especially the northern lapwing.

[By folk etymology from Middle English lapwink, hoopoe, lapwing, from Old English hlēapewince : hlēapan, to leap + *wincan, to waver.]

lapwing

(ˈlæpˌwɪŋ)
n
(Animals) any of several plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp V. vanellus, typically having a crested head, wattles, and spurs. Also called: green plover, pewit or peewit
[C17: altered form of Old English hlēapewince plover, from hlēapan to leap + wincian to jerk, wink1]

lap•wing

(ˈlæpˌwɪŋ)

n.
any of several large plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp. V. vanellus, of Eurasia and N Africa, having a long, upcurved crest, an erratic, flopping flight, and a shrill cry.
[before 1050; Middle English, variant (by association with wing) of lapwinke]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lapwing - large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurslapwing - large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
genus Vanellus, Vanellus - Eurasian lapwings
Translations

lapwing

[ˈlæpwɪŋ] Navefría f

lapwing

nKiebitz m

lapwing

[ˈlæpˌwɪŋ] npavoncella
References in classic literature ?
He knew that "a lapwing runs close by the ground," that choughs are "russet-pated.
NUMBERS of breeding lapwings are now at a record high on a Welsh nature reserve - where they were on the brink of extinction just six years ago, conservationists have revealed.
Our lapwings risk extinction I WRITE in response to the letter by R Betteridge (Mail, February 28) headlined 'I wish lapwings would come back'.
This observation, described below and in Figure 1, indicates that female lapwings may sample many males and territories in an astonishingly short time.
Lapwings, oystercatchers, snipe and curlew are all at their lowest numbers since the British Breeding Bird Survey of more than 100 bird species started in the early 1990s, the results for 2011 have shown.
BAD weather has killed scores of curlew and lapwings in recent months, it emerged yesterday.
Unfortunately lapwings can fly right in front of passing vehicles and every year many of these beautiful birds are killed when they collide with cars.
The lapwings had an almost electronic sound - a mixture of a radio set being tuned in and an 80s video game being played.
MOOR HOUSE UPPER TEESDALE, County Durham: Golden plovers, lapwings and oystercatchers return to their nesting areas in early spring.
When the RSPB first took over management of the reserve in 2005, there were just five pairs of lapwings, one pair of redshanks and no snipe at Saltholme, but thanks to a massive conservation effort, last year there were 57 pairs of lapwings, 23 pairs of redshanks and two pairs of snipe.
It also says increased rainfall in spring could lead to nesting problems for lapwings and curlews.