American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two small pewees, Contopus virens of the eastern United States or C. sordidulus of western North America, living in wooded areas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a bird (Contopus virens) similar to the pewee (See Pewee, 1), but of smaller size.
- n. (Zoöl.) a North American tyrant flycatcher (Contopus virens). It closely resembles the pewee, but is smaller.
- n. small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America
“The air was tremulous with heavenly notes, the lights went out in the hall, dusk swept across the stage, a cricket sang and a katydid answered, and a wood pewee wrung the heart with its lonesome cry.”
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