nounpl. -·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 plover, pluvier from Vulgar Latin pluviārius plu- probably imitative of plover cries ( possibly influenced by Latin pluvia rain (plovers being associated with rain in various later European traditions, because they were thought to be more active or easily caught in the rain, or because it was thought that they arrived with the rainy season) ; see pluvial . )Latin -ārius n. suff.
- 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").