, n. [From Dote, v. i.] 1. (Zol.) A European bird of the Plover family (Eudromias morinellus, syn. Charadrius morinellus). It is tame and easily taken, and is popularly believed to imitate the movements of the fowler.
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In catching of dotterels we see how the foolish bird playeth the ape in gestures.
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The ringed dotterel (or ring plover) is Charadrius hiaticula.
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2. A silly fellow; a dupe; a gull. Barrow.
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