whaup


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whaup

(wɔːp; Scottish hwɔːp)
n
(Animals) chiefly Scot a popular name for the curlew
[C16: related to Old English huilpe, ultimately imitative of the bird's cry; compare Low German regenwilp sandpiper]
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The latter users will have less of a sense of regional distribution and this is likely to be something that would help enlighten them, as, for instance, in the variation of <wh> and <f> for whaup.
Whaup, for example, has been applied to curlew, avocet, and blue tit, and barley-bird to an astonishing tally of at least seven other species: common gull, greenfinch, grey wagtail, nightingale, siskin, wheatear, and wryneck.
Sadly, too many people will think it is a foreign language, especially when they hear a lanky, lugubrious person is "like a whaup on stilts gaun' tae a snipe's funeral".