dotterel

noun

dot·​ter·​el ˈdä-tə-rəl How to pronounce dotterel (audio)
ˈdä-trəl
: a Eurasian plover (Eudromias morinellus) formerly common in England
also : any of various related plovers chiefly of eastern Asia, Australia, and South America

Word History

Etymology

Middle English dotrelle, irregular from doten to dote

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dotterel was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dotterel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dotterel. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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