One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large plover, typically having a black and white head and underparts and a loud call.
Genus Vanellus, family Charadriidae: several species, in particular the northern lapwing (V. vanellus) of Eurasia (also called green plover or pewit), which has a dark green back and a crest
- ‘It is the home of the lapwing, curlew, golden plover, dunlin and red grouse.’
- ‘So why cannot hen harriers, sparrowhawks and goshawks be controlled to protect lapwings, curlews, golden plovers and, yes, pheasants and grouse?’
- ‘The moorland blaze has come at a bad time for ground-nesting birds such as golden plovers, curlews, lapwings and merlins, a rare bird of prey.’
- ‘These animals become food for over 150,000 wading birds including knot, lapwing and golden plover.’
- ‘The development of this wildlife site is ongoing with new hides to aid the study and photography of shelduck, dunlin, lapwing, golden plover and shoveller duck that have recently bred on Mangan's Lough.’
Old English hlēapewince, from hlēapan ‘to leap’ and a base meaning ‘move from side to side’ (whence also wink); so named because of the way it flies. The spelling was changed in Middle English by association with lap and wing.
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