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killdeer

[kil-deer] /ˈkɪlˌdɪər/
noun
1.
an American plover, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.
Also called killdeer plover.
Origin of killdeer
1725-1735
1725-35, Americanism; imitative
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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
  • A killdeer sweeping the lake close two o'clock one morning awakened him.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • 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
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for killdeer

killdeer

/ˈkɪlˌdɪə/
noun (pl) -deer, -deers
1.
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
n.

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

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