Dotterel
Dotterel Dot"ter*el, a. [Cf. {Dottard}.] Decayed. ``Some old dotterel trees.'' [Obs.] --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dotterel — [dät′ər əl] n. pl. dotterels or dotterel [ME doterel < doten, DOTE: so called because regarded as stupid and easy to catch] 1. any of various plovers; esp., a European and Asian species (Eudromias morinellus) 2. [Brit. Dial.] an easy dupe …   English World dictionary

  • dotterel — /dot euhr euhl/, n. 1. any of several plovers usually inhabiting upland areas, esp. Eudromias morinellus, of Europe and Asia. 2. Brit. Dial. a silly, stupid person, esp. one who is easily duped. Also, dottrel /do treuhl/. [1400 50; late ME… …   Universalium

  • dotterel — /ˈdɒtərəl / (say dotuhruhl) noun 1. any of a number of small, wading birds of the family Charadriidae frequenting seashores and open marshy areas, widely distributed and often migratory, as the red kneed dotterel, Erythrogonys cinctus, of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Dotterel — mornelis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Charadrius morinellus angl. Dotterel vok. Mornellregenpfeifer …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • dotterel — noun Etymology: Middle English dotrelle, irregular from doten to dote Date: 15th century a Eurasian plover (Eudromias morinellus) formerly common in England; also any of various related plovers chiefly of eastern Asia, Aus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dotterel — noun /ˈdɒtɹəl/lang=en A name given to various small birds in the plover family Charadriidae, and sometimes used interchangeably with plover …   Wiktionary

  • dotterel — dot·ter·el || dÉ’trÉ™l n. European bird of the plover family; dupe …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dotterel — [ dɒt(ə)r(ə)l] noun (plural same or dotterels) a small migratory plover which breeds in northern mountains and tundra. [Eudromias morinellus.] ↘chiefly Austral./NZ used in names of other small plovers. Origin ME: from dote (with ref. to the birds …   English new terms dictionary

  • dotterel — dot·ter·el …   English syllables

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