One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American tyrant flycatcher with dark olive-gray plumage and a call that sounds like “pee-a-wee.”.
Genus Contopus, family Tyrannidae: several species
- ‘A pair of pewees darted between twigs above the path, calling occasionally, and a hummingbird or two whizzed overhead.’
- ‘From the Atlantic coastline to the Pocomoke River and Forest, Worcester is home to pelicans and peewees, kingbirds and cuckoos, and herons, harriers, and eagles.’
- ‘On the island itself, titmice, chickadees, pewees, and at least one Red-bellied Woodpecker thrived.’
- ‘Most perching birds stop singing regularly in late summer, but male wood-pewees keep up their chanting until the autumn migration.’
- ‘Pewees and Alder Flycatchers do not join flocks but set up territories in patches of forest that they defend against members of their own species.’
Late 18th century: imitative.
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