Definition of dotterel in English:

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dotterel

Pronunciation: /ˈdädərəl/

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
Example sentences
  • 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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