Definition of killdeer in English:


Syllabification: kill·deer
Pronunciation: /ˈkilˌdi(ə)r
(also killdeer plover)


  • A widespread American plover with a plaintive call that resembles its name.
    • Charadrius vociferus, family Charadriidae
    More example sentences
    • However, there were plenty of resident shorebirds hanging out in the lagoon as well, such as the American coot, killdeer, and American avocet.
    • Mallards, ring-necked ducks, killdeer, marbled godwits, and peregrine falcons settle in for the fall.
    • In addition, killdeer, pipits and some shorebirds visit the grassy areas of landfills.


mid 18th century: imitative of its call.

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