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plover

[pluhv-er, ploh-ver] /ˈplʌv ər, ˈploʊ vər/
noun
1.
any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae.
Compare dotterel (def 1), killdeer, lapwing.
2.
any of various similar shorebirds, as the upland plover and other sandpipers.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French plovier rainbird < Vulgar Latin *pluviārius. See pluvial, -er2
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  • When a croc opens its mouth, the plover hops right in.
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  • Piping plover critical habitat description and range.
  • The endangered piping plover and some tern species rely on beaches for nesting.
British Dictionary definitions for plover

plover

/ˈplʌvə/
noun
1.
any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
2.
any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland plover See crocodile bird
3.
green plover, another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C14: from Old French plovier rainbird, from Latin pluvia rain
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Word Origin and History for plover
n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French plover, Old French pluvier, earlier plovier (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *plovarius, literally "belonging to rain," from Latin pluvia "rain (water)" from pluere "to rain," from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Perhaps so called because the birds' migration arrival coincides with the start of the rainy season, or from its supposed restlessness when rain approaches.

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