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golden plover

noun
1.
either of two plovers of the genus Pluvialis, having the back marked with golden-yellow spots, P. apricaria, of Europe, or P. dominica, of America.
Origin of golden plover
1775-1785
1775-85
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  • Gun I had not, nor ammunition; but I could have counted grouse by the thousand, ducks by hundreds, and golden plover by tens!

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • This is also a favorite resort for gunners in the fall to shoot the golden plover.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • With the exception of the golden plover, few of the wading birds resemble those of Europe.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Among the varieties of the feathered tribe was the golden plover.

  • At dusk 12 more came to roost on a mud bar in company with golden plover.

  • Yellow-legged plover, golden plover; Hudsonian and Eskimo curlew, prairie chicken.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • A low-pitched narrative, but once listened to it is as enthralling as Mr. Hudson found the voice of the golden plover.

    Dead Man's Plack and an Old Thorn William Henry Hudson
  • The American golden plover, which formerly came in immense flocks, is now very rare.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • On such a day the snipe will be in such a meadow, and the golden plover in such a field.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • The Grouse, and golden plover hackle may also be made in a similar manner, to suit fine evenings in the summer, without the tail.

British Dictionary definitions for golden plover

golden plover

noun
1.
any of several plovers of the genus Pluvialis, such as P. apricaria of Europe and Asia, that have golden brown back, head, and wings
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