1. Zool. Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadridæ, and especially those belonging to the subfamily Charadrinsæ. They are prized as game birds.
2. Zool. Any grallatorial bird allied to, or resembling, the true plovers, as the crab plover (Dromas ardeola); the American upland, plover (Bartramia longicauda); and other species of sandpipers.
Note: ☞ Among the more important species are the blackbellied plover or blackbreasted plover (Charadrius squatarola) of America and Europe; -- called also gray plover, bull-head plover, Swiss plover, sea plover, and oxeye; the golden plover (see under Golden); the ring plover or ringed plover (Aegialitis hiaticula). See Ringneck. The piping plover (Aegialitis meloda); Wilson's plover (Aegialitis Wilsonia); the mountain plover (Aegialitis montana); and the semipalmated plover (Aegialitis semipalmata), are all small American species.
Bastard plover Zool., the lapwing.
Long-legged plover, or yellow-legged plover. See Tattler.
Plover's page, the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]
Rock plover, or Stone plover, the black-bellied plover. [Prov. Eng.]
Whistling plover. (a) The golden plover. (b) The black-bellied plover.
n : any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact
build having straight bills and large pointed wings;
closely related to the sandpipers