pill-willet
Willet Wil"let, n. (Zo["o]l.) A large North American snipe ({Symphemia semipalmata}); -- called also {pill-willet}, {will-willet}, {semipalmated tattler}, or {snipe}, {duck snipe}, and {stone curlew}. [1913 Webster]

{Carolina willet}, the Hudsonian godwit. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pill-willet — Pill wil let, n. [So named from its note.] (Zo[ o]l.) The willet. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Willet — Wil let, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large North American snipe ({Symphemia semipalmata}); called also {pill willet}, {will willet}, {semipalmated tattler}, or {snipe}, {duck snipe}, and {stone curlew}. [1913 Webster] {Carolina willet}, the Hudsonian godwit …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • willet — /wil it/, n., pl. willets, (esp. collectively) willet. a large, eastern North American shorebird, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, having a striking black and white wing pattern. [1700 10, Amer.; short for pill will willet, conventional imit. of its… …   Universalium

  • willet — [ wɪlɪt] noun (plural same or willets) a large North American sandpiper. [Catoptrophorus semipalmatus.] Origin C19: imitative of its call, pill will willet …   English new terms dictionary

  • willet — wil•let [[t]ˈwɪl ɪt[/t]] n. pl. lets, (esp. collectively) let. orn a large North American sandpiper, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, with a striking black and white wing pattern • Etymology: 1700–10, amer.; short for pill will willet, conventional… …   From formal English to slang

  • willet — /ˈwɪlət/ (say wiluht) noun a large North American semipalmate shorebird, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, with striking black and white wing pattern. {shortened form of pill will willet, imitative of cry of bird} …   Australian English dictionary

  • willet — n. (pl. same) a large N. American wader, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus. Etymology: pill will willet, imit. of its cry …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carolina willet — Willet Wil let, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large North American snipe ({Symphemia semipalmata}); called also {pill willet}, {will willet}, {semipalmated tattler}, or {snipe}, {duck snipe}, and {stone curlew}. [1913 Webster] {Carolina willet}, the Hudsonian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • will-willet — Willet Wil let, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large North American snipe ({Symphemia semipalmata}); called also {pill willet}, {will willet}, {semipalmated tattler}, or {snipe}, {duck snipe}, and {stone curlew}. [1913 Webster] {Carolina willet}, the Hudsonian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duck snipe — Willet Wil let, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large North American snipe ({Symphemia semipalmata}); called also {pill willet}, {will willet}, {semipalmated tattler}, or {snipe}, {duck snipe}, and {stone curlew}. [1913 Webster] {Carolina willet}, the Hudsonian… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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