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
Recent Examples of plover from the Web
The piping plover is distinguished by a black neck band and black bar across the forehead.
That arrangement is important for state parks officials because the plovers nest in tiny, shallow scrapes in the sand on beaches that are heavily used by Oregonians during the summer months that coincide with the nesting season.
In 2016, a count estimated there were 518 resident Western snowy plovers in Oregon, the most recorded since monitoring began in 1990.
These were the first plover nests found on a county beach since 1949.
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PLOVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plover for English Language Learners
: a type of bird that has a short beak and that lives near the sea
PLOVER Defined for Kids
Definition of plover for Students
: a small shorebird having a shorter and stouter bill than the related sandpiper
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