The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48: Plover \Plov"er\, n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain
bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia rain, from
pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See
1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds
belonging to the family Charadrid[ae], and especially
those belonging to the subfamily Charadrins[ae]. 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
Bastard plover (Zool.), the lapwing.
Long-legged plover, or yellow-legged plover. See
Plover's page, the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]
Rock plover, or Stone plover, the black-bellied plover.
(a) The golden plover.
(b) The black-bellied plover.
[1913 Webster] Plow
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48: Ringneck \Ring"neck`\, n.
1. (Zool.) Any one of several species of small plovers of the
genus Aegialitis, having a ring around the neck. The
ring is black in summer, but becomes brown or gray in
winter. The semipalmated plover ( Aegialitis semipalmata)
and the piping plover ( Aegialitis meloda) are common
North American species. Called also ring plover, and
2. (Zool.) The ring-necked duck.