a common, small sandpiper, Calidris alba, inhabiting sandy beaches.

1595–1605; sand + -erling, representing Old English yrthling kind of bird (perhaps a plover), literally, plowman (compare obsolete English earthling plowman), equivalent to yrth plowing, tilling (derivative of erian to plow, ear3; for -th, cf. birth) + -ling -ling1 Unabridged
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sanderling (ˈsændəlɪŋ)
a small sandpiper, Crocethia alba, that frequents sandy shores
[C17: perhaps from sand + Old English erthling, eorthlingearthling]

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Word Origin & History

wading bird (Crocethia alba), c.1600, probably from sand + a dim. suffix, but OED suggests possible derivation from O.E. *sand-yrðling, with second element yrðling "plowman" (lit. "earthling").
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(Calidris alba; sometimes Crocethia alba), abundant shorebird, a worldwide species of sandpiper belonging to the family Scolopacidae (order Charadriiformes). Sanderlings nest on barrens near the sea around the North Pole, and they winter on sandy beaches virtually everywhere. About 20 cm (8 inches) long, sanderlings are rusty-backed in summer but are the whitest of sandpipers in winter. The long, white wing stripe is more showy than in other small species

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