plover

noun
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 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. BostonGlobe.com, "► 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 But residents in Brigantine and Stone Harbor have protested state programs to protect the plovers by trapping and killing red foxes there. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Park District worked tirelessly with Mamby organizers and the community to reach a reasonable compromise that accommodated all patrons, including Mamby ticket holders and the endangered, nesting plovers. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Mamby on the Beach festival canceled amid bird flap," 19 July 2019 Oystercatchers and plovers often nest on the same shoreline beaches. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Some threatened shoreline birds had good years in Connecticut, others not so much," 19 Nov. 2019 Also, there were two American golden-plovers at Fishermen’s Bend Park in Winthrop. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 14 Oct. 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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28 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plover. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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plover

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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

plover

noun
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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