golden plover

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n golden plover plovers of Europe and America having the backs marked with golden-yellow spots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Golden plover (Zoöl) one of several species of plovers, of the genus Charadrius, esp. the European (Charadrius apricarius, syn. Charadrius pluvialis; -- called also yellow plover black-breasted plover hill ploverandwhistling plover. The common American species (Charadrius dominicus) is also called frostbird, and bullhead.
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Usage

In literature:

Among the varieties of the feathered tribe was the golden plover.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
The golden plover was plentiful on the island during our visit, and one afternoon I killed fifteen in about an hour.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
The American golden plover, which formerly came in immense flocks, is now very rare.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
Professor Ansted includes the Golden Plover in his list, and marks it as occurring in Guernsey and Sark.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
One of these wonderful migrants is the Golden Plover.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
It is not the 'gray plover,' but the golden, whose music is heard on the moors in autumn.
"Robert Burns" by Principal Shairp
With the exception of the golden plover, few of the wading birds resemble those of Europe.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their flight much resembles that of golden plover, only sharper.
"Life and sport in China" by Oliver G. Ready
On such a day the snipe will be in such a meadow, and the golden plover in such a field.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
This is also a favorite resort for gunners in the fall to shoot the golden plover.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
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In poetry:

Las' night dey 're passin', de golden plover,
Dis mornin' I’m seein' de bluebird's wing,
So if not'ing go wrong, de winter’s over,
An' not very long till we got de spring.
"Snubbing (Tying-up) The Raft" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Geolocators reveal the Pacific Golden-Plover's transoceanic travels.
A Pacific Golden-Plover stands on lava shores in Maui.
New research on the Pacific Golden-Plover has revealed a previously unknown circular transoceanic migration route that covers 9,900 to 14,900 miles per year.
Our plovers divide into two groups: the larger golden- plovers and Black-­bellied Plover (genus Pluvialis), and the smaller "ringed" plovers (genus Charadrius).
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