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sandpiper

[sand-pahy-per] /ˈsændˌpaɪ pɛr/
noun
1.
any of numerous shore-inhabiting birds of the family Scolopacidae, related to the plovers, typically having a slender bill and a piping call.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; sand + piper
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British Dictionary definitions for sand piper

sandpiper

/ˈsændˌpaɪpə/
noun
1.
any of numerous N hemisphere shore birds of the genera Tringa, Calidris, etc, typically having a long slender bill and legs and cryptic plumage: family Scolopacidae, order Charadriiformes
2.
any other bird of the family Scolopacidae, which includes snipes and woodcocks
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Word Origin and History for sand piper

sandpiper

n.

1670s, from sand (n.) + piper.

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