Definition of plover in English:

plover

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌvə
 
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noun

  • 1A short-billed gregarious wading bird, typically found by water but sometimes frequenting grassland, tundra, and mountains.
    • Family Charadriidae (the plover family): several genera and numerous species, especially the ringed plovers (Charadrius), grey and golden plovers (Pluvialis), and lapwings (Vanellus)
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    • In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.
    • Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.
    • The Semipalmated Plover is a small plover with a short bill and yellow-orange legs.
  • 1.1Used in names of birds similar to the plover in other families, e.g. Egyptian plover.
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    • There were a dozen black-winged stilts, two spur-winged plovers, a common sandpiper and my new life bird, a great snipe.
    • It already attracts birds - paradise and mallard ducks, spur-winged plovers and welcome swallows.
    • Birds such as the sanderling, white-fronted plover and many others are dependent on these creatures as well as being themselves dependent on the biome.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin pluvia 'rain'.

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