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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  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, 
  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  or  ringed  plover}  ({[AE]gialitis  hiaticula}).  See 
  {Ringneck}.  The  {piping  plover}  ({[AE]gialitis 
  meloda});  {Wilson's  plover}  ({[AE].  Wilsonia});  the 
  {mountain  plover}  ({[AE].  montana});  and  the 
  {semipalmated  plover}  ({[AE].  semipalmata}),  are  all 
  small  American  species. 
  {Bastard  plover}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  lapwing. 
  {Long-legged},  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Prairie  \Prai"rie\,  n.  [F.,  an  extensive  meadow,  OF  praerie, 
  LL  prataria  fr  L.  pratum  a  meadow.] 
  1.  An  extensive  tract  of  level  or  rolling  land,  destitute  of 
  trees,  covered  with  coarse  grass,  and  usually 
  characterized  by  a  deep,  fertile  soil.  They  abound 
  throughout  the  Mississippi  valley,  between  the  Alleghanies 
  and  the  Rocky  mountains. 
  From  the  forests  and  the  prairies,  From  the  great 
  lakes  of  the  northland.  --Longfellow. 
  2.  A  meadow  or  tract  of  grass;  especially,  a  so  called 
  natural  meadow. 
  {Prairie  chicken}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  American  grouse  of  the 
  genus  {Tympanuchus},  especially  {T.  Americanus}  (formerly 
  {T.  cupido}),  which  inhabits  the  prairies  of  the  central 
  United  States.  Applied  also  to  the  sharp-tailed  grouse. 
  {Prairie  clover}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  leguminous  genus 
  {Petalostemon},  having  small  rosy  or  white  flowers  in 
  dense  terminal  heads  or  spikes.  Several  species  occur  in 
  the  prairies  of  the  United  States. 
  {Prairie  dock}  (Bot.),  a  coarse  composite  plant  ({Silphium 
  terebinthaceum})  with  large  rough  leaves  and  yellow 
  flowers,  found  in  the  Western  prairies. 
  {Prairie  dog}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  American  rodent  ({Cynomys 
  Ludovicianus})  allied  to  the  marmots.  It  inhabits  the 
  plains  west  of  the  Mississippi.  The  prairie  dogs  burrow  in 
  the  ground  in  large  warrens,  and  have  a  sharp  bark  like 
  that  of  a  dog.  Called  also  {prairie  marmot}. 
  {Prairie  grouse}.  Same  as  {Prairie  chicken},  above. 
  {Prairie  hare}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  long-eared  Western  hare 
  ({Lepus  campestris}).  See  {Jack  rabbit},  under  2d  {Jack}. 
  {Prairie  hawk},  {Prairie  falcon}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  falcon  of 
  Western  North  America  ({Falco  Mexicanus}).  The  upper  parts 
  are  brown.  The  tail  has  transverse  bands  of  white;  the 
  under  parts  longitudinal  streaks  and  spots  of  brown. 
  {Prairie  hen}.  (Zo["o]l.)  Same  as  {Prairie  chicken},  above. 
  {Prairie  itch}  (Med.),  an  affection  of  the  skin  attended  with 
  intense  itching,  which  is  observed  in  the  Northern  and 
  Western  United  States;  --  also  called  {swamp  itch}, 
  {winter  itch}. 
  {Prairie  marmot}.  (Zo["o]l.)  Same  as  {Prairie  dog},  above. 
  {Prairie  mole}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  American  mole  ({Scalops 
  argentatus}),  native  of  the  Western  prairies. 
  {Prairie  pigeon},  {plover},  or  {snipe}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  upland 
  plover.  See  {Plover},  n.,  2. 
  {Prairie  rattlesnake}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  massasauga. 
  {Prairie  snake}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  harmless  American  snake 
  ({Masticophis  flavigularis}).  It  is  pale  yellow,  tinged 
  with  brown  above. 
  {Prairie  squirrel}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  American  ground  squirrel 
  of  the  genus  {Spermophilus},  inhabiting  prairies;  -- 
  called  also  {gopher}. 
  {Prairie  turnip}  (Bot.),  the  edible  turnip-shaped  farinaceous 
  root  of  a  leguminous  plant  ({Psoralea  esculenta})  of  the 
  Upper  Missouri  region;  also  the  plant  itself  Called  also 
  {pomme  blanche},  and  {pomme  de  prairie}. 
  {Prairie  warbler}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  bright-colored  American 
  warbler  ({Dendroica  discolor}).  The  back  is  olive  yellow, 
  with  a  group  of  reddish  spots  in  the  middle;  the  under 
  parts  and  the  parts  around  the  eyes  are  bright  yellow;  the 
  sides  of  the  throat  and  spots  along  the  sides,  black; 
  three  outer  tail  feathers  partly  white. 
  {Prairie  wolf}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Coyote}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  chiefly  shorebirds  of  relatively  compact 
  build  having  straight  bills  and  large  pointed  wings; 
  closely  related  to  the  sandpipers 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Plover,  IA  (city,  FIPS  63840) 
  Location:  42.87710  N,  94.62242  W 
  Population  (1990):  101  (49  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  50573 
  Plover,  WI  (village,  FIPS  63525) 
  Location:  44.46260  N,  89.54295  W 
  Population  (1990):  8176  (2978  housing  units) 
  Area:  20.3  sq  km  (land),  0.8  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  54467 

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