from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various widely distributed wading birds of the family Charadriidae, having rounded bodies, short tails, and short bills.
- n. Any of various similar or related birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various wading birds of the family Charadriidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Charadriidæ and genus Charadrius, C. pluvialis.
- n. Hence Some or any bird of the family Charadriidæ; a charadriomorphic grallatorial bird.
- n. In various parts of the United States, the Bartramian sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, more fully called upland, highland, pasture, field, corn-field, prairie, grass, and plain plover. See cut under Bartramia.
- n. The greater or lesser yellowshanks, Totanus melanoleucus or T. flavipes, commonly called yellow-legged plovers. [Local, U. S.] A loose woman: otherwise called a quail.
- n. The black-heart plover. [Local, U. S.]
- n. The golden plover when young. [Ireland.]
- n. Sqvatarola helvetica
- n. The Norfolk plover. [Various localities.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *pluviārius, from Latin pluvia, rain; see pluvial.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman plover, pluvier, Old French plovier, from Late Latin plovarius, of disputed origin; perhaps from Latin pluvia ("rain"). (Wiktionary)