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also pee·wee  (pē′wē)
Any of various small, often olive-gray flycatchers of the genus Contopus of the Americas, especially a wood pewee.

[Imitative of its call.]


(ˈpiːwiː) or


(Animals) any of several small North American flycatchers of the genus Contopus, having a greenish-brown plumage
[C19: imitative of its cry]


(ˈpi wi)

any of several New World flycatchers of the genus Contopus.
[1790–1800, Amer.; imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pewee - small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North Americapewee - small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America
New World flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher, flycatcher - large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
Contopus sordidulus, western wood pewee - small flycatcher of western North America
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The mist rose and died away, and showed us that country lying as waste as the sea; only the moorfowl and the pewees crying upon it, and far over to the east, a herd of deer, moving like dots.
There were some slight flurries of snow during the days that I worked there; but for the most part when I came out on to the railroad, on my way home, its yellow sand heap stretched away gleaming in the hazy atmosphere, and the rails shone in the spring sun, and I heard the lark and pewee and other birds already come to commence another year with us.
Mature Gambel oaks are considerably shorter than mature narrow-leaf cottonwoods; therefore, pewees have more nest placement choices within the riparian habitat.