killdeer-plover

killdeer

[kil-deer]
noun
an American plover, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.
Also called killdeer plover.


Origin:
1725–35, Americanism; imitative

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killdeer (ˈkɪlˌdɪə)
 
n , pl -deer, -deers
a large brown-and-white North American plover, Charadrius vociferus, with two black breast bands and a noisy cry
 
[C18: of imitative origin]

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killdeer
1731, Amer.Eng., species of North American ring-plover, the name imitative of its cry.
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