plover

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noun plo·ver \ˈplə-vər, ˈplō-\

Definition of plover

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plover

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plovers

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

Origin and Etymology of plover

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


First Known Use: 14th century


PLOVER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

plover

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noun plo·ver \ˈplə-vər, ˈplō-\

Definition of plover for Students

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


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