pl. -·ers or -·er
- any of a worldwide family (Charadriidae) of shorebirds, having a short tail, long, pointed wings, a short, stout beak, and, usually, brown or gray feathers
- any of various similar birds
Origin of ploverMiddle English ; from Old French plovier, literally , rain bird (reason for name uncertain ) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pluviarius ; from Classical Latin pluvia, rain (see pluvial)
nounpl. plover or plov·ers
- Any of various widely distributed shorebirds of the family Charadriidae, having rounded bodies, short tails, and short bills.
- Any of various similar or related birds.
Origin of ploverMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Vulgar Latin *pluviarius, from Latin pluvia, rain; see pluvial.
- Any of various wading birds of the family Charadriidae.
From Anglo-Norman plover, pluvier, Old French plovier, from Late Latin plovarius, of disputed origin; perhaps from Latin pluvia (“rain").