plov·er (plŭvər, plōvər)
n. pl. plover or plov·ers
1. Any of various widely distributed shorebirds of the family Charadriidae, having rounded bodies, short tails, and short bills.
2. Any of various similar or related birds.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman plover, pluvier, from Vulgar Latin *pluviārius : *plu-, probably imitative of plover cries (possibly influenced by Latin pluvia, rain (plovers being associated with rain in various later European traditions, because they were thought to be more active or easily caught in the rain, or because it was thought that they arrived with the rainy season); see PLUVIAL) + Latin -ārius, n. suff.]
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