Laughing Laugh"ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

{Laughing falcon} (Zo["o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.

{Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen

{Laughing goose} (Zo["o]l.), the European white-fronted goose.

{Laughing gull}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gull ({Xema ridibundus}); -- called also {pewit}, {black cap}, {red-legged gull}, and {sea crow}. (b) An American gull ({Larus atricilla}). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.

{Laughing hyena} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena. See {Hyena}.

{Laughing jackass} (Zo["o]l.), the great brown kingfisher ({Dacelo gigas}), of Australia; -- called also {giant kingfisher}, and {gogobera}.

{Laughing owl} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar owl ({Sceloglaux albifacies}) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Pewit — Pe wit, n. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. OD. piewit, D. kievit, G. kibitz.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The lapwing. (b) The European black headed, or laughing, gull ({Xema ridibundus}). See under {Laughing}. (c) The pewee. [Written also {peevit}, {peewit} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pewit — lapwing (still the usual name for it in Scotland), 1520s, imitative of its cry (Cf. Flem. piewit voghel, M.L.G. kivit, Ger. kiwitz; also see KIBITZ (Cf. kibitz)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pewit — see peewit …   Modern English usage

  • pewit — [pē′wit, pyo͞o′it] n. [echoic of its call] 1. LAPWING ☆ 2. PEWEE …   English World dictionary

  • pewit — Pewee Pe wee, n. [So called from its note.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A common American tyrant flycatcher ({Sayornis ph[oe]be}, or {Sayornis fuscus}). Called also {pewit}, and {ph[oe]be}. [1913 Webster] 2. The woodcock. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster] {Wood… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pewit — variant of peewit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pewit — /pee wit, pyooh it/, n. 1. the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus. 2. the phoebe. Also, peewit. [1520 30; imit.] * * * …   Universalium

  • pewit — noun alternative of peewit …   Wiktionary

  • pewit — pe·wit || pɪːwɪt n. small European gull with a black head; lapwing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pewit — noun variant spelling of peewit …   English new terms dictionary

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