Definition of Plover

1. Noun. Any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers.

Definition of Plover

1. n. Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadridæ, and especially those belonging to the subfamily Charadrinsæ. They are prized as game birds.

Definition of Plover

1. Noun. Any of various wading birds of the family Charadriidae. ¹

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Definition of Plover

1. a shore bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Plover

1. 1. Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadridae, and especially those belonging to the subfamily Charadrinsae. They are prized as game birds. 2. Any grallatorial bird allied to, or resembling, the true plovers, as the crab plover (Dromas ardeola); the American upland, plover (Bartramia longicauda); and other species of sandpipers. Among the more important species are the blackbellied, or blackbreasted, plover (Charadrius squatarola) of America and Europe; called also gray plover, bull-head plover, Swiss plover, sea plover, and oxeye; the golden plover (see under Golden); the ring or ringed plover (aegialitis hiaticula). See Ringneck. The piping plover (aegialitis meloda); Wilson's plover (ae. Wilsonia); the mountain plover (ae. Montana); and the semipalmated plover (ae. Semipalmata), are all small American species. Bastard plover, the lapwing. Long-legged, or yellow-legged, plover. See Tattler. Plover's page, the dunlin. Rock plover, or Stone plover, the black-bellied plover. Whistling plover. The golden plover. The black-bellied plover. Origin: OF. Plovier, F. Pluvier, prop, the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. Pluvia rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. Float, G. Fliessen to flow. See Float. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plover

plover (current term)
plow ahead
plow back
plow horse
plow into
plow on
plow stop
plow through
plow up

Literary usage of Plover

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1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1920)
"I finally discovered them by seeing the parent plover run to them and incubate them ... After incubating for about ten minutes, the plover became uneasy ..."

2. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"11 semipalmated plover stomachs contained an average of 38 locusts each. 16 mountain plover stomachs contained an average of 45 locusts each. ..."

3. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1899)
"This species is also known in America by the name of Bull-head, and in England as the Gray plover. This is more apt, as the bird is seldom found in perfect ..."

4. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"The Ringed plover (Charadrius Hiaticula) moults twice a year. It nestles on sandy shores, or in meadows neighbouring to the sea. It lays from three to five ..."

5. Encyclopædia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1835)
"They are thus enumerated by C. Bonaparte : C. semipalmatus (ring plover), ... The ruddy plover belongs to the genus tringa, and is also found in both ..."

6. Handbook of Birds of the Western United States: Including the Great Plains by Florence Merriam Bailey (1921)
"The Wilson plover may be distinguished from the other small plovers by ,its much ... MOUNTAIN plover. Bill slender; tail less than half as long as wing; ..."

7. The North-west Passage and the Plans for the Search for Sir John Franklin: A by John Brown (1858)
"The plover, Commander Moore, was ordered to Behring's Strait,* there to be joined by the Herald, Capt. Henry Kellett, CBf The Instructions may be briefly ..."

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