[pluhv-er, ploh-ver]
any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae. Compare dotterel ( def 1 ), killdeer, lapwing.
any of various similar shorebirds, as the upland plover and other sandpipers.

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French plovier rainbird < Vulgar Latin *pluviārius. See pluvial, -er2 Unabridged
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plover (ˈplʌvə)
1.  any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
2.  See crocodile bird any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland plover
3.  green plover another name for lapwing
[C14: from Old French plovier rainbird, from Latin pluvia rain]

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Word Origin & History

1304, from Anglo-Fr. plover, O.Fr. pluvier, earlier plovier (c.1200), from V.L. *plovarius, lit. "belonging to rain," from L. pluvia "rain." 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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Example sentences
When a croc opens its mouth, the plover hops right in.
As soon as one of the vehicles ran over a plover nest, environmentalists sued.
Keep a lookout for the piping plover, an endangered bird that nests in the refuge.
Piping plover critical habitat description and range.
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