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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of these the killdeer plover is the most common and the best known.

  • The killdeer is so called on account of the cry which it utters; it resembles "kill-dee, kill-dee."

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • killdeer were glorying in the moonlight and night flight, and cried in pure, clear notes as they sailed over the water.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • He tore away the ribbon, and knotted it to the stock of killdeer, which had been the gift of the girl herself.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • I don't believe you'll even take cold from your sudden plunge, for you both ran home like killdeer.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • The killdeer always builds in a worn-out, pebbly pasture or in a bare, unused field.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The winter of 1888-89 will long be famous in the ornithological annals of New England as the winter of killdeer plovers.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • The scout seized "killdeer" in his left hand, and elevating it about his head, he shook it in triumph at his enemies.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • She was as thin as a killdeer, and looked consumptive, but she knew how to play the organ, you bet.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • A killdeer sweeping the lake close two o'clock one morning awakened him.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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