A New World plover (Charadrius vociferus) that has a distinctive noisy cry and two black bands across its breast.
A medium-sized North American plover (Charadrius vociferus) with a high, piercing cry, that nests in open fields, on beaches, etc.
Alternative Form of killdeer - kill-deer, killdee
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Origin of killdeer
- Probably imitative of its call
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Imitative of the bird's call.