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A nasal piping sound made by the American woodcock, Scolopax minor, before or after a flight. Also as interjection, representing this sound.
no object Of the American woodcock, Scolopax minor: to emit its characteristic cry. Also with object with the sound as object.
Late 19th century. Imitative. Compare peek and peep<br>1970s. From peent. Compare earlier peenting.
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