[ pluhv-er, ploh-ver ]
/ ˈplʌv ər, ˈploʊ vər /


any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae.Compare dotterel(def 1), killdeer, lapwing.
any of various similar shorebirds, as the upland plover and other sandpipers.

Origin of plover

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French plovier rainbird < Vulgar Latin *pluviārius. See pluvial, -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plover

/ (ˈplʌvə) /


any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland ploverSee crocodile bird
green plover another name for lapwing

Word Origin for plover

C14: from Old French plovier rainbird, from Latin pluvia rain
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