Posts tagged with ‘plovers’

Birding the dictionary 3

Today we start with the word ‘plover’. plover (‘plʌvə(r)). [ME. and AF. plover = OF. plovier, later L. *plovārius belonging to rain, f. L. pluvia rain; in mod.L. pluvārius pluviārius; cf. Sp. pluvial plover, ad. L. pluviālis rainy, also Ger. regenpfeifer, lit. rain-piper, and Eng. rain-bird.] Belon, 1555, said the birds were so called because […]