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 The plover was present on Duxbury Beach as recently as Thursday., "Bird sightings from Mass Audubon," 17 Apr. 2021 The nesting season of the plover runs from March through September, coinciding with the period of greatest human use of the beach at Oceano. Los Angeles Times, "Off-road vehicles to be banned at Oceano Dunes within three years," 19 Mar. 2021 The plover, one of only about 200 left in the Bay Area, was spotted limping along last month by birders at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Union City and rushed to the operating room 65 miles away. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Bay Area stories about the birds and the bees," 31 May 2020 A bird lover will raise and lower the plover’s right wing. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Bay Area stories about the birds and the bees," 31 May 2020 That statistic includes common loons, northern gannets, double-crested cormorants, royal terns, Wilson’s plovers, black skimmers, and seaside sparrows, to name a few. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 The most interesting rarities last week were a Wilson’s plover that showed up at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island and a sedge wren at Manomet Center for Conservation Science in Plymouth., "► Manomet Center for Conservation Science in Plymouth:," 30 Sep. 2019 Piping plovers, for example, have enjoyed a resurgence in Massachusetts, where there are nearly 700 pairs, up from just 139 when the federal government listed them as threatened in 1986. David Abel,, "Guardian of the birds: State’s ornithologist warns we can’t do without them," 8 Sep. 2019 The team also drew on the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for data on about 55 species found in boreal forests and the Arctic tundra, and on the International Shorebird Survey for trends in shorebirds such as sandpipers and plovers. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show," 19 Sep. 2019

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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 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plover

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


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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