Domestic pigeons flap their wings





  • From Middle English flap, flappe, related to Middle Dutch flabbe ("a blow; slap on the face; fly-flap; flap") (modern Dutch flap ("flap")), Middle Low German flabbe, vlabbe, flebbe, from the verb (see below). Related also to English flab and flabby.
  • From Middle English flappen, related to Dutch flappen, German Low German flappen, German flappen, Dutch flabberen. Probably ultimately imitative.

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