Definition of plover in English:

plover

noun

  • 1A short-billed gregarious wading bird, typically found by water but sometimes frequenting grassland, tundra, and mountains.

    • ‘The swallow may fly south with the sun or the house martin or the plover may seek warmer climes in winter, yet these are not strangers to our land?’
    • ‘In Scotland, gamekeepers blame the buzzard, a protected bird, for the deaths of thousands of partridges, pheasants, and waders such as curlews and plovers.’
    • ‘When we arrived, it was past the peak of the fall shorebird migration, but there were still hundreds of sandpipers and plovers resting and feeding.’
    • ‘In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.’
    • ‘Like other plovers, Black-bellied plovers are visual feeders, but they may also probe for hidden prey.’
    • ‘At the second pond I found a magpie hopping around near the water, some red-wattled plovers in the field, and a few Dead Sea Sparrows carrying nesting material.’
    • ‘These plovers are found mostly on the outer coast.’
    • ‘When returning to Breydon shortly after high water, the great flights of plovers often arrive at a considerable height.’
    • ‘Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.’
    • ‘Among some ground-nesting waterbirds, such as gulls and plovers, research has shown that speckling aids egg camouflage.’
    • ‘However, to keep these teeth pearly white, the crocodiles employ the services of spur winged plovers that pick the pieces of meat left between the crocodile's teeth after a large meal.’
    • ‘Sandpipers and plovers of many species will pass through or decide to stay in the ponds and wetlands that dot central and southern Iraq.’
    • ‘The Semipalmated Plover is a small plover with a short bill and yellow-orange legs.’
    • ‘But managing the moors for the grouse also preserves them for the plovers and Merlin.’
    • ‘Along the perimeter I saw an unusual number of crested larks and a few red-wattled plovers in a recently flooded field.’
    • ‘Beginning in 1988, to the chagrin of many locals, the refuge closed down two and a half miles of prime beach during the spring and summer to protect the plovers during their breeding season.’
    1. 1.1 Used in names of birds similar to the plover in other families, e.g. Egyptian plover.
      • ‘Birds such as the sanderling, white-fronted plover and many others are dependent on these creatures as well as being themselves dependent on the biome.’
      • ‘It already attracts birds - paradise and mallard ducks, spur-winged plovers and welcome swallows.’
      • ‘Such behavior is unique among the Pluvialis plovers and unusual among shore - birds in general.’
      • ‘There were a dozen black-winged stilts, two spur-winged plovers, a common sandpiper and my new life bird, a great snipe.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, based on Latin pluvia ‘rain’.

Pronunciation

plover

/ˈplʌvə/