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 young plover, taking after his parents, decided to go for a first, settling down along the Lake Erie shore at a halfway point between Chicago and Presque Isle, where his mate hatched. Morgan Greene,, 2 June 2021 Those violations included brushing away plover nests, which are mere depressions in the sand, installing Mylar flags to dissuade breeding behavior and moving birds. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021 The plover was present on Duxbury Beach as recently as Thursday., 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, 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,, 31 May 2020 A bird lover will raise and lower the plover’s right wing. Steve Rubenstein,, 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, 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., 30 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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The first known use of plover was in the 14th century

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6 Jun 2021

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“Plover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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