golden plover


: any of three plovers (genus Pluvialis) having dark upperparts spotted with gold
especially : one (P. dominica) that breeds chiefly in arctic America and winters in South America

Examples of golden plover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the golden plover, like the little wheatear, Winn and Moth push on, from the far north of the island all the way home. Laurie Hertzel, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 That bird — eventually identified as a golden plover — is a symbol of many things: resilience, perseverance, hope. Laurie Hertzel, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 Visitors can also expect to see a wide range of indigenous seafaring species including the Pacific golden plover (or kōlea) and the Laysan albatross (or mōlī). Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 26 May 2022 In October 2018, Malta, reacting to the June ruling, repealed its regulations for the autumn live-capturing of finches and allowed trapping only of golden plovers and song thrushes. Jacopo Benini, National Geographic, 10 May 2019 But following a new ruling by the European Court of Justice, only two species—the golden plover and the song thrush—can now be hunted legally in Malta. Jacopo Benini, National Geographic, 10 May 2019 Hello, golden plovers, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 5 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of golden plover was in 1766

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“Golden plover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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