either of two plovers of the genus Pluvialis, having the back marked with golden-yellow spots, P. apricaria, of Europe, or P. dominica, of America.
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Origin of golden plover
First recorded in 1775–85
Words nearby golden plover
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Example sentences from the Web for golden plover
The crested-lapwing and the golden-plover are in plenty, and on the seashores widgeon and curlew abound.The Inhabitants of the Philippines|Frederic H. Sawyer
British Dictionary definitions for golden plover
any of several plovers of the genus Pluvialis, such as P. apricaria of Europe and Asia, that have golden brown back, head, and wings
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