nounpl. -·deers· or -·deer·
a medium-sized North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a high, piercing cry, that nests in open fields, on beaches, etc.
Origin of killdeerechoic of its cry
nounpl. killdeer, or kill·deers
A New World plover (Charadrius vociferus) that has a distinctive noisy cry and two black bands across its breast.
Origin of killdeerProbably imitative of its call
(plural killdeers or killdeer)
Imitative of the bird's call.