Plover



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

noun
1.
any of various shorebirds of the family Charadriidae.
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2.
any of various similar shorebirds, as the upland plover and other sandpipers.
/ˈplʌvə/
noun
1.
any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings: order Charadriiformes
2.
any of similar and related birds, such as the Egyptian plover and the upland plover See crocodile bird
3.
green plover, another name for lapwing
n.

c.1300, from Anglo-French plover, Old French pluvier, earlier plovier (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *plovarius, literally “belonging to rain,” from Latin pluvia “rain (water)” from pluere “to rain,” from PIE root *pleu- “to flow” (see pluvial). Perhaps so called because the birds’ migration arrival coincides with the start of the rainy season, or from its supposed restlessness when rain approaches.

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