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plov·er

 (plŭv′ər, plō′vər)
n. pl. plover or plov·ers
1. Any of various widely distributed shorebirds of the family Charadriidae, having rounded bodies, short tails, and short bills.
2. Any of various similar or related birds.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman plover, pluvier, from Vulgar Latin *pluviārius : *plu-, probably imitative of plover cries (possibly influenced by Latin pluvia, rain (plovers being associated with rain in various later European traditions, because they were thought to be more active or easily caught in the rain, or because it was thought that they arrived with the rainy season); see pluvial) + Latin -ārius, n. suff.]

plover

(ˈplʌvə)
n
1. (Animals) any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
2. (Animals) any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland plover. See crocodile bird
3. (Animals) green plover another name for lapwing
[C14: from Old French plovier rainbird, from Latin pluvia rain]

plov•er

(ˈplʌv ər, ˈploʊ vər)

n.
1. any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae, of worldwide distribution, having a thick neck, compact body, and a pigeonlike beak.
2. any of various similar shorebirds.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French plovier < Vulgar Latin *pluviārius. See pluvial, -er2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wingsplover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
Charadrius melodus, piping plover - small plover of eastern North America
Charadrius vociferus, kildeer, killdeer, killdeer plover - American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
Charadrius morinellus, dotrel, dotterel, Eudromias morinellus - rare plover of upland areas of Eurasia
golden plover - plovers of Europe and America having the backs marked with golden-yellow spots
green plover, lapwing, peewit, pewit - large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs
turnstone - migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food

plover

noun
Related words
collective nouns stand, wing
Translations

plover

[ˈplʌvəʳ] Nchorlito m

plover

nRegenpfeifer m; (= lapwing)Kiebitz m

plover

[ˈplʌvəʳ] npiviere m
ringed plover → corriere m grosso
golden plover → piviere dorato
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In October, people have the chance to see birds including ringed plovers, grey plovers and dunlin.
Grey plovers, bar-tailed godwits, dunlin, knot, oystercatchers, ringed plovers and redshanks were forced closer to me as roosting and feeding areas disappeared under the gentle swell.
Dibden was described as an "irreplaceable" feeding ground for curlews - like the one shown here - oyster catchers, grey plovers, wigeons and lapwings.