[ kil-deer ]
/ ˈkɪlˌdɪər /


an American plover, Charadrius vociferus, having two black bands around the upper breast.


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Also called killdeer plover.

Origin of killdeer

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for killdeer

/ (ˈkɪlˌdɪə) /

noun plural -deer or -deers

a large brown-and-white North American plover, Charadrius vociferus, with two black breast bands and a noisy cry

Word Origin for killdeer

C18: of imitative origin
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