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A large pipit, Anthus richardi, occurring on grassland and cultivation in temperate areas of Asia.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Magazine of Natural History. From the genitive of the name of Monsieur Richard (an amateur ornithologist of Lunéville, who first made the bird known) + pipit, after French pipi Richard.
Richard's pipit/ˌrɪtʃədz ˈpɪpɪt/
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