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One entry found for killdeer.
Main Entry: kill·deer
Pronunciation: primarystresskil-secondarystressdi(schwa)r
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural killdeers or killdeer
Etymology: imitation
: a North American plover that is grayish brown on the upper side, has two black bands on its white breast, and has a shrill mournful cry
Word History Killdeers are not vicious birds. They have no special hatred of deer, and they do not eat venison. This attractive, dark-eyed bird has a loud, rather sad cry that to some people sounds like "Kill deer! Kill deer!" So the killdeer is an animal that got its name from human interpretation of its call.

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