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[kil-deer] /ˈkɪlˌdɪər/
an American plover, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.
Also called killdeer plover.
Origin of killdeer
1725-35, Americanism; imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the web for killdeer
  • killdeer adults will feign a broken wing to distract predators from eggs.
  • Look for signs of spring as red-winged blackbirds, great blue-herons, and killdeer return.
  • Receding water creates mud margins used by killdeer, spotted sandpipers, and other shorebirds.
British Dictionary definitions for killdeer


noun (pl) -deer, -deers
a large brown-and-white North American plover, Charadrius vociferus, with two black breast bands and a noisy cry
Word Origin
C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for killdeer

also killdee, 1731, American English, species of North American ring-plover, the name imitative of its cry.

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