Variant of plover
- 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: Middle English from Old French plovier, literally , rain bird from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pluviarius from Classical Latin pluvia, rain (see pluvial): said to be so named because it was believed to cry before a rain
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