dotterel

[dot-er-uh l]
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noun

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-truh l] /ˈdɒ trəl/.

Origin of dotterel

First recorded in 1400–50, dotterel is from the late Middle English word dotrelle. See dote, -rel
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dotterel

dottrel

noun

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

Word Origin for dotterel

C15 dotrelle; see dote
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