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Meaning of lapwing

lap•wing

Pronunciation: (lap'wing"), [key]
— n.
  1. a large Old World plover, Vanellus vanellus, having a long, slender, upcurved crest, an erratic, flapping flight, and a shrill cry.
  2. any of several similar, related plovers.
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