One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘I must return, perhaps in the spring when whaups and laverocks call on a warm wind.’
- ‘A bird known as the whaup is, in fact, the curlew, a long-beaked bird which you can find online in pictures.’
- ‘There, the strains of the hymns all but drowned the chaffinches and the cries of the whaups.’
- ‘It was late March, 1890, and the whaups were crying a new spring over the braes of Mauricewood, when they brought out the men from the east face.’
- ‘The whaups were crying, but none came near him, though he looked hard for the bird that had spoken with him.’
Mid 16th century: imitative of the bird's cry.
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