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[pluhv-er, ploh-ver] /ˈplʌv ər, ˈploʊ vər/
any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae.
Compare dotterel (def 1), killdeer, lapwing.
any of various similar shorebirds, as the upland plover and other sandpipers.
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French plovier rainbird < Vulgar Latin *pluviārius. See pluvial, -er2 Unabridged
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  • When a croc opens its mouth, the plover hops right in.
  • As soon as one of the vehicles ran over a plover nest, environmentalists sued.
  • Keep a lookout for the piping plover, an endangered bird that nests in the refuge.
  • Piping plover critical habitat description and range.
  • The endangered piping plover and some tern species rely on beaches for nesting.
British Dictionary definitions for plover


any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland plover See crocodile bird
green plover, another name for lapwing
Word Origin
C14: from Old French plovier rainbird, from Latin pluvia rain
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Word Origin and History for plover

c.1300, from Anglo-French plover, Old French pluvier, earlier plovier (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *plovarius, literally "belonging to rain," from Latin pluvia "rain (water)" from pluere "to rain," from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Perhaps so called because the birds' migration arrival coincides with the start of the rainy season, or from its supposed restlessness when rain approaches.

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