• WordNet 3.6
    • n plover any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plover (Zoöl) 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.
    • Plover (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plover A bird of the family Charadriidæ and genus Charadrius, C. pluvialis. This bird, more fully called the golden, yellow, or green plover, is very widely distributed in the Old World, breeding in high latitudes, and performing extensive migrations during the spring and fall. It is about 10½ inches long and 22½ in extent of wings, the wing 7 inches, the bill inch, the tarsus 1¾ inches. The upper parts are black, and profusely spotted with yellow and white; the under parts are black in the breeding-dress, whitish in winter, variously mottled or speckled during the changes of plumage. The bill and feet are black; the feet are three-toed. The plover lays four eggs, inches long by 1⅓ broad, of a piriform shape, drab color, with heavy brownish or blackish blotches.
    • n plover Hence Some or any bird of the family Charadriidæ; a charadriomorphic grallatorial bird. The American golden plover, or field-plover, is Charadrius dominious, very closely resembling C. pluvialis, but having ashy-gray instead of white axillars. The Swiss buillbead, or blackbellied plover, is Squatarola helvetica, inhabiting most parts of the world, and having four toes. (See cut under Squatarola.) Many small plovers with white under parts, and rings or bands of black on the head, neck, or breast, are known as ring-plovers or ringnecks, and mostly belong to the genus Æalites. (See also killdee.) The most singular of these is the crook-billed plover, Anarhynchus frontalis, having the bill bent sidewise. It inhabits new Zealand. The mountain-plover of the western United States is Podasncys montanus. Some plovers are known as dotterels. (See dotterel and Eudromias.) The thickknees, stone-plovers, or stone-curlews are birds of the family Œdicnemidæ. (See cut under (Edicnemus.) Stilt-plovers are the stilts, Himantopinæ. (See cut under stilt.) The crab-plover is Dromas ardeola. “Plovers' eggs,” so called in England, are laid by the lapwing, Vanellus cristatus.
    • n plover 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 plover 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 plover The black-heart plover. [Local, U. S.]
    • n plover The golden plover when young. [Ireland.]
    • n plover Sqvatarola helvetica
    • n plover The Norfolk plover. [Various localities.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plover pluv′ėr a well-known wading bird.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumedpluviarius, fr. L. pluvia, rain, from pluere, to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen, to flow. See Float
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pluvier—L. pluvia, rain.


In literature:

But when Mr. Kearton tried his counterfeits upon a ring plover, the fraud was detected.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
The Ring Plover is so called from the white ring around its neck.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
I can't whistle like a plover and had to come to breakfast unannounced.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
Frank ran to the spot and held up a good-sized plover.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
One little plover is the object of my firm adherence.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sometimes we shot so-called plover along on the shore, sometimes wild chicken in the bush.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Grey Plovers Cooked in Brandy.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
Several plover were circling overhead, uttering shrill cries.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
At Samuel Rogers's I remember that plover's eggs were served.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
The eggs of the plover tribe afford the most striking examples of this fact.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

When lily-seed dark
Night has fallen,
By the red-oak growing
Along the clear river's edge
The plovers constantly call
"lily-seed" by Yamabe no Akahito
Poor Joe! I know he cannot sing--
His voice is somewhat harsh:
But he can whistle loud and clear
As plover in the marsh.
"Poor Joe" by Sarah Anne Curzon
That years have passed,
You did not think, and
Plovers on the beach
Have ceased to tread - and that's all
That I can see!
"That years have passed," by Ise
She doubles and turns in her bearing,
Like a twisting plover she goes;
The way of her westward faring
Only the captain knows.
"Homeward Bound" by Henry Van Dyke
I lie upon the fragrant heath,
Kin to the beating heart beneath;
The nesting plover I discover
Nor stir the scented screen above her,
Yet am I blind--I cannot find
What turns a maiden to her lover!
"The Secret" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Like me, the plover fondly tries
To lure the sportsman from her nest,
And fluttering on with anxious cries,
Too plainly shows her tortured breast;
O let him, conscious of her care,
Pity her pains, and learn to spare.
"Ode - So dear my Lucio is to me" by William Shenstone

In news:

Bet on Little Plover River going dry has no real winner.
The bet is the Little Plover will not go dry this fall.
In all, town managers watched over 31 pairs of plovers this season.
Surf Beach will be closed for the remaining duration of the snowy plover nesting season, which runs from March 1 through September 30, after the area this weekend reached its maximum allowed 50 habitat violations.
Just like the first time the two rivals met earlier this season, the Stevens Point Sixers Legion baseball team seemed to be in control of the Plover Black Sox late in its game on Tuesday, July 17.
What to look for to tell apart Wilson's, Snowy, and Semipalmated Plovers .
All of our plovers have fairly short, straight bills.
Young plovers leave the nest within three hours of hatching.
The plover 's only defense is camouflage, flattening itself against the ground when a predator or a person approaches.
Juvenile western snowy plovers navigate the seaweed by Devereaux Point.
Snowy Plover and Wilson's Plover nesting on Sanibel.
Snowy Plover nesting season began in February.
Plovers view kites as predators.
Learn more about these nesting shorebirds at SCCF's "Snowy Plovers " program, offered on June 9 at 10 a.m.
More than 60 members of the public attended a meeting Wednesday in McKinleyville to voice concerns about a proposal to protect Clam Beach's snowy plover population by poisoning predatory ravens and crows.