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The plover, as his cry indicates, is a very melancholy bird.

Raise his legs, wings and his shoulders as a plover, and no sauce but salt.

The engineer, followed by Plover and Warren, went down to his post.

Now and again the peep of the prairie chick or the call of the plover came to their ears.

"Nothing unusual," replied the colonel, shelling a plover's egg.

"A basket of plover's eggs," said the Headman of Half-a-Loaf.

Upon this were hundreds of wild geese, plover, and pelicans.

The plover, indeed, is still with us, but in numbers lessening every year.

She was really ill; her face, indeed, became the colour of a plover's egg.

On the way I stumbled on the nest of a plover, with one egg in it.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Anglo-French plover, Old French pluvier, earlier plovier (c.1200), from Vulgar Latin *plovarius, literally "belonging to rain," from Latin pluvia "rain (water)" from pluere "to rain," from PIE root *pleu- "to flow" (see pluvial). Perhaps so called because the birds' migration arrival coincides with the start of the rainy season, or from its supposed restlessness when rain approaches.

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