any of several cosmopolitan plovers of the genus Charadrius, especially C. hiaticula, brownish above and white below with a black band around the breast.
Origin of ringed plover
First recorded in 1775–85
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a European shorebird, Charadrius hiaticula, with a greyish-brown back, white underparts with a black throat band, and orange legs: family Charadriidae (plovers)
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