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sanderling

[san-der-ling] /ˈsæn dər lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a common, small sandpiper, Calidris alba, inhabiting sandy beaches.
Origin of sanderling
obsolete English
1595-1605
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
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sanderling

/ˈsændəlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a small sandpiper, Crocethia alba, that frequents sandy shores
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from sand + Old English erthling, eorthlingearthling
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Word Origin and History for sanderling
n.

wading bird (Crocethia alba), c.1600, probably from sand (n.) + a diminutive suffix, but OED suggests possible derivation from Old English *sand-yrðling, with second element yrðling "plowman" (literally "earthling").

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