noun plo·ver \ˈplə-vər, ˈplō-\

: a type of bird that has a short beak and that lives near the sea

plural plover or plovers

Full Definition of PLOVER

:  any of a family (Charadriidae) of shorebirds that differ from the sandpipers in having a short hard-tipped bill and usually a stouter more compact build
:  any of various birds (as a turnstone or sandpiper) related to the plovers

Origin of PLOVER

Middle English, from Anglo-French plover, pluvier, from Vulgar Latin *pluviarius, from Latin pluvia rain — more at pluvial
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with PLOVER

PLOVERS Defined for Kids


noun plo·ver \ˈplə-vər, ˈplō-\

Definition of PLOVER for Kids

:  a small shorebird having a shorter and stouter bill than the related sandpiper
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