a large plover, typically having a black-and-white head and underparts and a loud call.
Genus Vanellus, family Charadriidae: several species, in particular the (northern) lapwing (V. vanellus) of Eurasia (also called the green plover or peewit), which has a dark green back and a crest
Old Englishhlēapewince, from hlēapan 'to leap' and a base meaning 'move from side to side' (whence also wink); so named because of the way it flies. The spelling was changed in Middle English by association with lap2 and wing
lapwing in other Oxford dictionaries
Definition of lapwing in the US English dictionary