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  • n. Plural form of peewit.


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  • I love peewits, they're so friendly and smart and curious!

    4th May '05

  • In appearance and habits it resembles in many respects our peewits; its wings, however, are armed with sharp spurs, like those on the legs of the common cock.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • During the breeding season, they attempt, like our peewits, by feigning to be wounded, to draw away from their nests dogs and other enemies.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • Larks trilled unseen above the velvety green fields and the ice-covered stubble-land; peewits wailed over the low lands and marshes flooded by the pools; cranes and wild geese flew high across the sky uttering their spring calls.

    Anna Karenina

  • Except little birds and peewits, of which Vassenka killed one, there was nothing in the marsh.

    Anna Karenina

  • As they got deeper into the moor, the loneliness increased: one could hear peewits and see an occasional hawk.

    The Silver Chair

  • And, nothing loth, I trolled them out roundly across the meadows, till the peewits screamed and a distant dog began to bay:

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • The peewits were circling over me with eerie cries, and now and then on the moor-side the curlews would be crying into the night -- lonely as I was lonely; and in every heather tussock I would be seeing shapes, and dreading the thought of the Nameless Man and his brindled hunter, till my hair was like to rise on my head, and

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • Hugo's waking eyes beheld two peewits spitted over the coals and a meal cake baking in the embers.

    A Boy's Ride

  • The peewits had come down and were mewing in the dappled skies, and on the telegraph wires the high-shouldered swallows sat in rows preparing for flight; in the hedgerows the dead hemlocks, brittle as fine shells, were ready to scatter their pale seeds at a touch, and the blackberries, on which as the West Country saying has it, the devil had already laid his finger, were filmed with mildew.

    Secret Bread


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  • I like the mouthfeel of this word.

    March 21, 2010