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dotterel

[dot-er-uh l]
noun
  1. any of several plovers usually inhabiting upland areas, especially Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia.
  2. British Dialect. a silly, stupid person, especially one who is easily duped.
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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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Examples from the Web for dotterel

Historical Examples

  • The dotterel is one of the most interesting of British birds.

    Poachers and Poaching

    John Watson

  • The Dotterel (Pluvialis morinellus) is a little larger than a Blackbird.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • In short, whatever the fowler does, the Dotterel does the same.

  • Such a character as Dotterel is hardly made to allude to the pocula coronata of the Romans.

  • Last night we had dotterel and sandpipers for dinner, this morning greenshanks, which are very good birds indeed.

    Three in Norway

    James Arthur Lees


British Dictionary definitions for dotterel

dotterel

dottrel

noun
  1. a rare Eurasian plover, Eudromias morinellus, with reddish-brown underparts and white bands around the head and neck
  2. Australian any similar and related bird, esp of the genus Charadrius
  3. dialect a person who is foolish or easily duped
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Word Origin

C15 dotrelle; see dote
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