Definition of dotterel in English:

dotterel

Syllabification: dot·ter·el
Pronunciation: /ˈdätərəl
 
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noun (plural same or dotterels)

  • A small plover with a brown streaked back and a chestnut or buff belly with black below. Dotterels breed in mountainous areas and in the tundra.
    • Genus Eudromias, family Charadriidae: two species, especially the Eurasian E. morinellus, which is noted for its tameness
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    • The report highlights the plight of 20 species, including the song thrush, the corncrake, the crossbill, the capercaillie, the dotterel and black grouse.
    • Overgrazing on upland pastures is causing the decline of native species including skylarks, curlews and dotterels.
    • On the other hand, species like the dotterel and snow bunting look set to head northwards, leaving British shores for colder climes.

Origin

Middle English: from dote (so named because it is easily caught) + -rel. Compare with dodo.

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