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dotterel

[dot-er-uh l] /ˈdɒt ər əl/
noun
1.
any of several plovers usually inhabiting upland areas, especially Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia.
2.
British Dialect. a silly, stupid person, especially one who is easily duped.
Also, dottrel
[do-truh l] /ˈdɒ trəl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dotrelle. See dote, -rel
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British Dictionary definitions for dotterel

dotterel

/ˈdɒtrəl/
noun
1.
a rare Eurasian plover, Eudromias morinellus, with reddish-brown underparts and white bands around the head and neck
2.
(Austral) any similar and related bird, esp of the genus Charadrius
3.
(dialect) a person who is foolish or easily duped
Word Origin
C15 dotrelle; see dote
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Encyclopedia Article for dotterel

any of several species of birds of the plover family, Charadriidae (order Charadriiformes), especially the Eurasian dotterel (Eudromias morinellus). The Eurasian dotterel is mottled brown above, with a broad, white eye stripe and a narrow, white band separating its breast, which is gray, from its russet-coloured belly. It is about 20 centimetres (8 inches) long. It nests in tundra and in mountains across Eurasia to western Alaska and as far south as Britain and the Balkans, migrating to northern Africa and the Middle East. The male undertakes most of the nesting duties

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