dot·​ter·​el ˈdä-tə-rəl How to pronounce dotterel (audio)
: 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


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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“Dotterel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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