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 for Dotterel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dotterel \Dot"ter*el\, a. [Cf. Dottard.]
     Decayed. "Some old dotterel trees." [Obs.] --Ascham.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dotterel \Dot"ter*el\, n. [From Dote, v. i.]
     1. (Zool.) 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.          --Bacon.
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     Note: 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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dotterel
      n 1: rare plover of upland areas of Eurasia [syn: dotterel,
           dotrel, Charadrius morinellus, Eudromias morinellus]

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