Charadrius hiaticula
Dotterel Dot"ter*el, n. [From {Dote}, v. i.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A European bird of the Plover family ({Eudromias morinellus}, syn. {Charadrius morinellus}). It is tame and easily taken, and is popularly believed to imitate the movements of the fowler. [1913 Webster]

In catching of dotterels we see how the foolish bird playeth the ape in gestures. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Note: The ringed dotterel (or ring plover) is {Charadrius hiaticula}. [1913 Webster]

2. A silly fellow; a dupe; a gull. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]


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