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chewet 1 HENRY IV., v. 1. 29. “A chewet or chuet is a noisy chattering bird, a pie. This carries a proper reproach to Falstaff for his meddling and impertinent jest” (THEOBALD) . “Chouëtte: An Owlet; or, the little Horne-Owle (a theeuish night-bird); also, a Chough, Cadesse, Daw, Iack-Daw. Cotgrave's Fr. and Engl. Dict., —the latter part of which article makes it very probable that Shakespeare used the word in the sense of “chough” or“jack-daw,” though modern French Dictionaries do not, I believe, assign any such meaning to chouette (see, for instance, Laveaux's Dict.). According to other critics, chewet signifies here a sort of small pie or pudding, made of minced meat, and fried in oil; “Goubelet . . . a kind of little round pie resembling our Chuet.Cotgrave's Fr. and Engl. Dict. (If Dr. Latham had been acquainted with the article“Chouëtte” in Cotgrave, he, I presume, would not have suggested that Shakespeare meant here the lapwing or poewit; see his ed. of Johnson's Dict.)

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