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dotterel

[ dot-er-uhl ]
/ ˈdɒt ər əl /
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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.
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Also dot·trel [do-truhl]. /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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British Dictionary definitions for dotterel

dotterel

dottrel

/ (ˈdɒtrəl) /

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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