[lap-wing] /ˈlæpˌwɪŋ/

a large Old World plover, Vanellus vanellus, having a long, slender, upcurved crest, an erratic, flapping flight, and a shrill cry.
any of several similar, related plovers.
any of several plovers of the genus Vanellus, esp V. vanellus, typically having a crested head, wattles, and spurs Also called green plover, pewit, peewit

Middle English lappewinke (late 14c.), lapwyngis (early 15c.), folk etymology alteration of Old English hleapewince, probably literally “leaper-winker,” from hleapan “to leap” + wince “totter, waver, move rapidly,” related to wincian “to wink.” Said to be so called from “the manner of its flight” [OED] “in reference to its irregular flapping manner of flight” [Barnhart], but the lapwing also flaps on the ground pretending to have a broken wing to lure egg-hunters away from its nest, which seems a more logical explanation. Its Greek name was polyplagktos “luring on deceitfully.”

the name of an unclean bird, mentioned only in Lev. 11:19 and Deut. 14:18. The Hebrew name of this bird, _dukiphath_, has been generally regarded as denoting the hoope (Upupa epops), an onomatopoetic word derived from the cry of the bird, which resembles the word “hoop;” a bird not uncommon in Palestine. Others identify it with the English peewit.


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