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 Float.] 1. (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds belonging to the family Charadrid, and especially those belonging to the subfamily Charadrins. They are prized as game birds.
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2. (Zol.) 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.
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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 (gialitis hiaticula). See Ringneck. The piping plover (gialitis meloda); Wilson's plover (gialitis Wilsonia); the mountain plover (gialitis montana); and the semipalmated plover (gialitis semipalmata), are all small American species.
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Bastard plover (Zol.), the lapwing. -- Long-legged plover, 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.
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Plow

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Plough

} (plou), n. [OE. plouh, plou, AS. plh; akin to D. ploeg, G. pflug, OHG. pfluog, pfluoh, Icel. plgr, Sw. plog, Dan. ploug, plov, Russ. plug', Lith. plugas.] 1. A well-known implement, drawn by horses, mules, oxen, or other power, for turning up the soil to prepare it for bearing crops; also used to furrow or break up the soil for other purposes; as, the subsoil plow; the draining plow.
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Where fern succeeds ungrateful to the plow.
Dryden.
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2. Fig.: Agriculture; husbandry. Johnson.
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3. A carucate of land; a plowland. [Obs.] [Eng.]
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Johan, mine eldest son, shall have plowes five.
Tale of Gamelyn.
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4. A joiner's plane for making grooves; a grooving plane.
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5. (Bookbinding) An implement for trimming or shaving off the edges of books.
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6. (Astron.) Same as Charles's Wain.
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Ice plow, a plow used for cutting ice on rivers, ponds, etc., into cakes suitable for storing. [U. S.] -- Mackerel plow. See under Mackerel. -- Plow alms, a penny formerly paid by every plowland to the church. Cowell. -- Plow beam, that part of the frame of a plow to which the draught is applied. See Beam, n., 9. -- Plow Monday, the Monday after Twelth Day, or the end of Christmas holidays. -- Plow staff. (a) A kind of long-handled spade or paddle for cleaning the plowshare; a paddle staff. (b) A plow handle. -- Snow plow, a structure, usually -shaped, for removing snow from sidewalks, railroads, etc., -- drawn or driven by a horse or a locomotive.
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Plow

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Plough

, } v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plowed (ploud) or Ploughed; p. pr. & vb. n. Plowing or Ploughing.] 1. To turn up, break up, or trench, with a plow; to till with, or as with, a plow; as, to plow the ground; to plow a field.
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2. To furrow; to make furrows, grooves, or ridges in; to run through, as in sailing.
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Let patient Octavia plow thy visage up
With her prepared nails.
Shak.
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With speed we plow the watery way.
Pope.
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3. (Bookbinding) To trim, or shave off the edges of, as a book or paper, with a plow. See Plow, n., 5.
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4. (Joinery) To cut a groove in, as in a plank, or the edge of a board; especially, a rectangular groove to receive the end of a shelf or tread, the edge of a panel, a tongue, etc.
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To plow in, to cover by plowing; as, to plow in wheat. -- To plow up, to turn out of the ground by plowing.
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Plow

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Plough

} (plou), v. i. To labor with, or as with, a plow; to till or turn up the soil with a plow; to prepare the soil or bed for anything. Shak.
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Doth the plowman plow all day to sow ?
Isa. xxviii. 24.
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Plow"a*ble

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Plough"a*ble

} (?), a. Capable of being plowed; arable.
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Plow"bote`

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Plough"bote`

} (?), n. (Eng. Law) Wood or timber allowed to a tenant for the repair of instruments of husbandry. See Bote.
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Plow"boy`

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Plough"boy`

}, n. A boy that drives or guides a team in plowing; a young rustic.
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Plow"er

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Plough"er

} (?), n. One who plows; a plowman; a cultivator.
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Plow"foot`

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Plough"foot`

} (?), n. An adjustable staff formerly attached to the plow beam to determine the depth of the furrow. Piers Plowman.
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Plow"gang`

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Plough"gang`

} (?), n. Same as Plowgate.
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Plow"gate`

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Plough"gate`

} (?), n. The Scotch equivalent of the English word plowland.
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Not having one plowgate of land.
Sir W. Scott.
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Plow"head`

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Plough"head`

} (?), n. The clevis or draught iron of a plow.
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Plow"land`

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Ploug"land`

} (?), n. 1. Land that is plowed, or suitable for tillage.
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2. (O. Eng. Law) the quantity of land allotted for the work of one plow; a hide.
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Plow"man

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Plough"man

} (?), n.;
pl. -men ().
1. One who plows, or who holds and guides a plow; hence, a husbandman. Chaucer. Macaulay.
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2. A rustic; a countryman; a field laborer.
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Plowman's spikenard (Bot.), a European composite weed (Conyza squarrosa), having fragrant roots. Dr. Prior.
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Plow"point`

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Plough"point`

} (?), n. A detachable share at the extreme front end of the plow body.
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Plow"share`

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Plough"share"

} (?), n. The share of a plow, or that part which cuts the slice of earth or sod at the bottom of the furrow.
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Plowshare bone (Anat.), the pygostyle.
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Plow"tail`

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Plough"tail`

} (?), n. The hind part or handle of a plow.
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Plow"wright`

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Plough"wright`

} (?), n. One who makes or repairs plows.
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