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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Birds under threat include dunlin, golden plover, black grouse, merlin and hen harrier.
▪ On the shingle beach, where the burnet rose grows, ringed plovers incubate eggs in shallow scrapes.
▪ Redshank and ringed plovers also feed out on the flats.
▪ Birds using the bay as a stopping-off point for migration include the ringed plover and sanderling.
▪ Parties of knot patter Ed on the icy mud flats. Ringed plovers scurried in their busy way.
▪ Turnstones and purple sandpipers will join the redshanks and ringed plovers which are probably resident.
▪ As a threatened species, the snowy plover is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
▪ Fish and Wildlife Service reviews a management plan to protect the threatened Western snowy plover.
▪ On the shingle beach, where the burnet rose grows, ringed plovers incubate eggs in shallow scrapes.
▪ Only 1, 200 to 1, 500 of the coastal variety of the western snowy plover are left in the world.
▪ Ringed plover and sanderling pass through in great numbers on their way further south.
▪ Studies document canine harassment of plovers.
▪ Turnstones and purple sandpipers will join the redshanks and ringed plovers which are probably resident.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plover \Plov"er\, n. [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.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadrid[ae], and especially those belonging to the subfamily Charadrins[ae]. They are prized as game birds.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. Note: Among the more important species are the blackbellied plover 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 plover or ringed plover ( [AE]gialitis hiaticula). See Ringneck. The piping plover ( [AE]gialitis meloda); Wilson's plover ( [AE]gialitis Wilsonia); the mountain plover ( [AE]gialitis montana); and the semipalmated plover ( [AE]gialitis semipalmata), are all small American species. Bastard plover (Zo["o]l.), the lapwing. Long-legged plover, or yellow-legged plover. See Tattler. Plover's page, the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.] Rock plover, or Stone plover, the black-bellied plover. Whistling plover.

    1. The golden plover.

    2. The black-bellied plover.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. Any of various wading birds of the family Charadriidae.


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

Plover, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin
Population (2000): 10520
Housing Units (2000): 4133
Land area (2000): 8.495966 sq. miles (22.004451 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.384034 sq. miles (0.994643 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 8.880000 sq. miles (22.999094 sq. km)
FIPS code: 63525
Located within: Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
Location: 44.466183 N, 89.543707 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 54467
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Plover, WI
Plover, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
Population (2000): 95
Housing Units (2000): 50
Land area (2000): 0.543496 sq. miles (1.407649 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.543496 sq. miles (1.407649 sq. km)
FIPS code: 63840
Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
Location: 42.878058 N, 94.622648 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 50573
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Plover, IA

Plovers ( or ) are a widely distributed group of wading birds belonging to the subfamily Charadriinae.

Plover (disambiguation)

The plover is a group of birds.

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Usage examples of "plover".

Once Plover stopped laughing, I asked him if he had any idea how to uncover this murky connection between the Bernswallow family and Carolyn McCoy, who must have hyphenated at a later date.

The place was alive with birds--curlew and plover and redshank and sandpiper--and as he jumped the little brackish ditches Jaikie put up skeins of wild duck.

As the waters ran away, leaving their spume behind to melt into the sand, a few of the plovers, sanderlings and funny beat-tailed grackles gave chase.

There were market boats moored along the levee of the river, come to bring fish and shellfish, venison, rabbits, squirrel, raccoons, opossums, and robins, black birds, pigeons, and the small plovers called papabottes, known for their aphrodisiac qualities among Creole gentlemen, plus vegetables tied in bundles or heaped in baskets, and exotic fruits from the West Indies.

In contrast, Low was alone, unless one counted the fish and the crabs, the plovers and the gulls.

A flock of plovers which circled over one heath proved to be not green but golden.

Thousands of plovers and sand-coursers run over the beach, searching their.

But now she missed lying under the satin quilts with Plover in the moments they had managed to steal together.

Most of her books and her ornate chests full of the sumptuous robes of her new profession were in the room she shared with Plover at the House of the Carp.

Along the trail they startled several colonies of turnstones and plovers, which took flight when the party came near.

As it was, he would have had to partake of thirty pair of such dishes as roast capons and partridges, civet of hare, meat and fish aspics, lark pasties and rissoles of beef marrow, black puddings and sausages, lampreys and savory rice, entremet of swan, peacock, bitterns, and heron “borne on high,” pasties of venison and small birds, fresh and salt-water fish with a gravy of shad “the color of peach blossom,” white leeks with plovers, duck with roast chitterlings, stuffed pigs, eels reversed, frizzled beans-finishing off with fruit wafers, pears, comfits, medlars, peeled nuts, and spiced wine.

Above the boy's head flew laughing gulls and ring-billed gulls and sandwich terns, and around his bare legs skittered sanderlings and dowitchers and plovers.

Of such therefore as are bred in our land, we have the crane, the bitter,the wild and tame swan, the bustard, the heron, curlew, snite, wildgoose, wind or doterell, brant, lark, plover (of both sorts), lapwing, teal, widgeon, mallard, sheldrake, shoveller, peewitt, seamew, barnacle, quail (who, only with man, are subject to the falling sickness), the knot, the oliet or olive, the dunbird, woodcock, partridge, and pheasant, besides divers others, whose names to me are utterly unknown, and much more the taste of their flesh, wherewith I was never acquainted.

The Golden Plover and the Arctic Tern, today that big abstraction's at my door, for juncoes and the robins soon will leave, and nesting scrabblers will pick up all the string, and soon in hazy day of April summer heat across the hill, without a book I'll know, the seabirds'll chase spring north along the coast: they'll be nesting in Alaska in six weeks.

A marriage ceremony before the tomb of the Tokugawa, a black kite wheeling in the sky, gray plovers darting for cover.