golden plover
Plover Plov"er, n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See {Float}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family {Charadrid[ae]}, and especially those belonging to the subfamily {Charadrins[ae]}. They are prized as game birds. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Among the more important species are the {blackbellied plover} or {blackbreasted plover} ({Charadrius squatarola}) of America and Europe; -- called also {gray plover}, {bull-head plover}, {Swiss plover}, {sea plover}, and {oxeye}; the {golden plover} (see under {Golden}); the {ring plover} or {ringed plover} ({[AE]gialitis hiaticula}). See {Ringneck}. The {piping plover} ({[AE]gialitis meloda}); {Wilson's plover} ({[AE]gialitis Wilsonia}); the {mountain plover} ({[AE]gialitis montana}); and the {semipalmated plover} ({[AE]gialitis semipalmata}), are all small American species. [1913 Webster]

{Bastard plover} (Zo["o]l.), the lapwing.

{Long-legged plover}, or {yellow-legged plover}. See {Tattler}.

{Plover's page}, the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]

{Rock plover}, or {Stone plover}, the black-bellied plover. [Prov. Eng.]

{Whistling plover}. (a) The golden plover. (b) The black-bellied plover. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Golden plover — Golden Gold en (g[=o]ld n), a. [OE. golden; cf. OE. gulden, AS. gylden, from gold. See {Gold}, and cf. {Guilder}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Made of gold; consisting of gold. [1913 Webster] 2. Having the color of gold; as, the golden grain. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Golden Plover — There are three species of wading birds in the plover family called Golden Plover. They are * Eurasian Golden Plover, Pluvialis apricaria * Pacific Golden Plover, Pluvialis fulva * American Golden Plover, Pluvialis dominica …   Wikipedia

  • golden plover — noun a) Eurasian golden plover, Pluvialis apricaria b) Pacific golden plover, Pluvialis fulva …   Wiktionary

  • golden plover — noun plovers of Europe and America having the backs marked with golden yellow spots • Hypernyms: ↑plover • Member Holonyms: ↑Pluvialis, ↑genus Pluvialis …   Useful english dictionary

  • golden plover — noun a northern plover with a gold speckled back and black face and underparts. [Pluvialis apricaria and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • golden plover — either of two plovers of the genus Pluvialis, having the back marked with golden yellow spots, P. apricaria, of Europe, or P. dominica, of America. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • golden plover — noun Date: 1785 any of three plovers (genus Pluvialis) having dark upperparts spotted with gold; especially one (P. dominica) that breeds chiefly in arctic America and winters in South America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pacific Golden Plover — Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • American Golden Plover — Taxobox name = American Golden Plover status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 200px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Charadriidae genus = Pluvialis species = la. P. dominica binomial …   Wikipedia

  • Eurasian Golden Plover — Taxobox name = Eurasian Golden Plover status = LC status system = iucn3.1 image width = 240px image caption = Eurasian Golden Plover (in moult, late summer) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia =… …   Wikipedia

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