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."
killdeer were glorying in the moonlight and night flight, and cried in pure, clear notes as they sailed over the water.
He tore away the ribbon, and knotted it to the stock of killdeer, which had been the gift of the girl herself.
I don't believe you'll even take cold from your sudden plunge, for you both ran home like killdeer.
The killdeer always builds in a worn-out, pebbly pasture or in a bare, unused field.
The winter of 1888-89 will long be famous in the ornithological annals of New England as the winter of killdeer plovers.
A killdeer sweeping the lake close two o'clock one morning awakened him.
She was as thin as a killdeer, and looked consumptive, but she knew how to play the organ, you bet.
The scout seized "killdeer" in his left hand, and elevating it about his head, he shook it in triumph at his enemies.
also killdee, 1731, American English, species of North American ring-plover, the name imitative of its cry.