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killdeer

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noun kill·deer \ˈkil-ˌdir\

Definition of killdeer

plural

killdeers

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killdeer

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




KILLDEER Defined for Kids

killdeer

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noun kill·deer \ˈkil-ˌdir\

Definition of killdeer for Students

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



History for 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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