plo·ver | \ˈplə-vər, ˈplō- \
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

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Give the nesting plovers a wide berth and keep a close eye on thieving gulls hovering to snatch your roast beef from Kelly’s., "The 20 best beaches to visit in New England," 2 May 2018 Tens of thousands of foxes exist in New Jersey… compare that with plovers. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Foxes are disappearing from this Shore town, and residents finally know why," 27 Apr. 2018 The state has tried to help establish nesting areas for the plover farther north along the shore. New York Times, "A New Jersey Town Actually Adds Beach Parking. And It’s on the Beach.," 28 May 2018 The clingy fog softened but could not hide the stark, otherworldly beauty of Holgate, uninhabited except for plovers, terns, skimmers, and oyster catchers. Kevin Riordan,, "A Shore wildlife haven is a source of visual and musical inspiration," 28 Apr. 2018 Rockport-Fulton The still-recovering coastal community's Rockport Beach Park offers close observations of egrets, terns, gulls, plovers, sandpipers and a blanket of nesting black skimmers. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 In 2015, state data show five pairs of plovers at the North Brigantine Natural Area, down from eight pairs decade earlier. Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Foxes are disappearing from this Shore town, and residents finally know why," 27 Apr. 2018 That day, six species of shorebird were present; ruddy turnstone, semipalmated plover, buff-breasted sandpiper, sanderling and white-rumped sandpiper were all tallied. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Look what the hurricane blew in," 22 Sep. 2017 Feeding together in tight flocks for safety, plovers, dowitchers and sandpipers feed skittishly. Dave Taft, New York Times, "A Shorebird to Watch," 15 Sep. 2017

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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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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, ˈplō-\

Kids Definition of plover

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

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