dotterel

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15th century. From dote (to be foolish; senile) +‎ -rel (pejorative suffix). The bird is so named as it is easy to catch.

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dotterel (plural dotterels)

  1. A gullible fool.
  2. Any of various small birds in the plover family Charadriidae; sometimes used interchangeably with plover.

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dotterel (comparative more dotterel, superlative most dotterel)

  1. decayed
    • c. 1570, Roger Ascham, The Scholemaster
      some old dotterel trees

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