from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the type genus of the Charadriidae; the plovers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Charadriidœ and subfamily Charadriinœ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Charadriidae: plovers
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Some of these birds build in ravines and clefts, and on cliffs, as, for instance, the so-called charadrius, or stone-curlew; this bird is in no way noteworthy for plumage or voice; it makes an appearance at night, but in the daytime keeps out of sight.
There are also the white gull, the cepphus, the aethyia, and the charadrius.
But the lapwing, (charadrius pluvialis Lin.) when her unfledged offspring run about the marshes, where they were hatched, not only gives the note of alarm at the approach of men or dogs, that her young may conceal themselves; but flying and screaming near the adversary, she appears more felicitous and impatient, as he recedes from her family, and thus endeavours to mislead him, and frequently succeeds in her design.
In the last week of last month five of those most rare birds, too uncommon to have obtained an English name, but known to naturalists by the terms of _himantopus_, or _loripes_, and _charadrius himantopus_, were shot upon the verge of Frinsham pond, a large lake belonging to the
(scolopax); the coot, or water-hen, ayam ayer (fulica); and the plover, cheruling (charadrius).