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lapwing — “To seem the,” MEASURE FOR MEASURE, i. 4. 32 ; “Far from her nest the lapwing cries away,” THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, iv. 2. 27 ; “This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head,” HAMLET, v. 2. 180. Allusions to the lapwing (or peewit) endeavouring to mislead those who would plunder her nest are very common in our early writers; and Ray gives “The lapwing cries most farthest from her nest.” Proverbs,p. 199, ed. 1768. It was also generally said that the young lapwings ran out of the shell with a portion of it sticking on their heads. (Yarrell, in his account of the lapwing, quotes Selby for what follows: “The female birds invariably, upon being disturbed, run from the eggs, and then fly near to the ground for a short distance, without uttering any alarm cry. The males, on the contrary, are very clamorous, and fly round the in truder, endeavouring, by various instinctive arts, to divert his attention.” Hist. of Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 482, sec. ed.)

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