golden plover

noun
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:
1775–85

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golden plover
 
n
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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Plovers, especially the golden plover, are strong fast fliers and make long migrations over large stretches of water.
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