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killdeer

noun kill·deer \ˈkil-ˌdir\
plural killdeers or killdeer

Definition of KILLDEER

:  an American plover (Charadrius vociferus) characterized by two black breast bands and a plaintive penetrating cry

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Origin of KILLDEER

imitative
First Known Use: 1731

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
KILLDEER Defined for Kids

killdeer

noun kill·deer \ˈkil-ˌdir\

Definition of KILLDEER for Kids

:  a grayish brown North American bird that has a high-pitched mournful call

Word History of KILLDEER

Killdeers are not vicious birds. They have no particular hatred for deer, but to some people the cry of these birds must have sounded like Kill deer! Kill deer! Kill deer! That is why the bird got its unusual name.

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