killdeer

[kil-deer]

Origin of killdeer

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35; imitative
Also called killdeer plover.
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killdeer

noun plural -deer or -deers
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for killdeer
n.

also killdee, 1731, American English, species of North American ring-plover, the name imitative of its cry.

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