Killdee
Killdee Kill"dee`, Killdeer Kill"deer`, n. [So named from its notes.] (Zo["o]l.) A small American plover ({Charadrius vociferus}, formerly {[AE]gialitis vocifera}) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black bands around the neck and upper breast, but the young chick has only the breast band. It ranges from Canada to Mexico and the West Indies.

Syn: kildeer, killdeer plover, {Charadrius vociferus}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

Note: It is dark grayish brown above; the rump and upper tail coverts are yellowish rufous; the belly, throat, and a line over the eyes, white; a ring round the neck and band across the breast, black. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • killdee — /kil dee/, n. Dial. killdeer. * * * …   Universalium

  • killdee — n. killdeer, large plover of North America …   English contemporary dictionary

  • killdee — kill·dee …   English syllables

  • killdee — ˈkildē dialect variant of killdeer …   Useful english dictionary

  • AEgialitis vocifera — Killdee Kill dee , Killdeer Kill deer , n. [So named from its notes.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small American plover ({Charadrius vociferus}, formerly {[AE]gialitis vocifera}) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Charadrius vociferus — Killdee Kill dee , Killdeer Kill deer , n. [So named from its notes.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small American plover ({Charadrius vociferus}, formerly {[AE]gialitis vocifera}) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Charadrius vociferus — Killdee Kill dee , Killdeer Kill deer , n. [So named from its notes.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small American plover ({Charadrius vociferus}, formerly {[AE]gialitis vocifera}) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Killdeer — Killdee Kill dee , Killdeer Kill deer , n. [So named from its notes.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small American plover ({Charadrius vociferus}, formerly {[AE]gialitis vocifera}) of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry. The adult has two black… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magpie — Synonyms and related words: Audubon warbler, Canada goose, English sparrow, accumulator, adjutant bird, agreeable rattle, albatross, all sorts, argala, assemblage, assortment, auk, auklet, avocet, babbler, bald eagle, baldpate, bank swallow,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • killdeer — (n.) also killdee, 1731, American English, species of North American ring plover, the name imitative of its cry …   Etymology dictionary

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