any of several plovers usually inhabiting upland areas, especially Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia.
British Dialect. a silly, stupid person, especially one who is easily duped.
- Also dot·trel [do-truhl]. /ˈdɒ trəl/.
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How to use dotterel in a sentence
Last night we had dotterel and sandpipers for dinner, this morning greenshanks, which are very good birds indeed.Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
One remarkable instance of this may be given, that of the dotterel, a bird already mentioned.Poachers and Poaching | John Watson
The thin pipe of the dotterel fell into the darkness beyond the shallows where the sea-mist lay.Pharais and The Mountain Lovers | Fiona Macleod
The resemblance of the dotterel's egg to a pebble is no greater than the resemblance between many eggs laid in nests and pebbles.Field and Hedgerow | Richard Jefferies
The summer home of the dotterel is shared, in some instances at least, with that still more mountain bird, the Ptarmigan.Among the Birds in Northern Shires | Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for dotterel
a rare Eurasian plover, Eudromias morinellus, with reddish-brown underparts and white bands around the head and neck
Australian any similar and related bird, esp of the genus Charadrius
dialect a person who is foolish or easily duped
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