plo·​ver | \ ˈplə-vər How to pronounce plover (audio) , ˈplō- How to pronounce plover (audio) \
plural plover or plovers

Definition of plover

1 : 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
2 : any of various birds (such as a turnstone or sandpiper) related to the plovers

Examples of plover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Possibilities behind the plover's mass disappearance include rocket explosions, habitat reductions from burning rocket debris, loud noise and general encroachment upon the species' native lands, according to FWS. Dan Carson, Chron, 4 May 2022 But that plover’s visit was a sign that other plovers may be heading north. Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Highlights included an American golden-plover at Castle Island., 30 Oct. 2021 Three American golden-plovers and a black-bellied plover were seen at the Longmeadow Flats., 10 Oct. 2021 Rapid development on the West Coast inevitably encroached upon the plover’s natural habitat. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Middlesex County: Observers spotted an American golden-plover at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, a prairie warbler in Groton, and a blue grosbeak at Rock Meadow in Belmont., 10 Oct. 2021 In 2017, after years of habitat restoration and management, a single plover’s nest was found on the beach — the first in more than 50 years. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 Also noteworthy, last weekend was one of very few state records of Pacific golden-plover, which was photographed and well-documented at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury., 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plover

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plover

Middle English, from Anglo-French plover, pluvier, from Vulgar Latin *pluviarius, from Latin pluvia rain — more at pluvial

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“Plover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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plo·​ver | \ ˈplə-vər How to pronounce plover (audio) , ˈplō- \

Kids Definition of plover

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

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