sandpiper


sandpiper
/ˈsændpaɪpə / (say 'sandpuypuh)

noun
any of a number of shorebirds of the family Scolopacidae that breed in the Northern Hemisphere and are seen in Australia as non-breeding migrants, as the sharp-tailed sandpiper, Calidris acuminata, common in Australasia.
{sand + piper, from its piping call}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • sandpiper — /sand puy per/, n. any of numerous shore inhabiting birds of the family Scolopacidae, related to the plovers, typically having a slender bill and a piping call. [1665 75; SAND + PIPER] * * * Any of numerous shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) found… …   Universalium

  • sandpiper — UK [ˈsæn(d)ˌpaɪpə(r)] / US [ˈsæn(d)ˌpaɪpər] noun [countable] Word forms sandpiper : singular sandpiper plural sandpipers a small bird that lives in the northern part of the world, usually by the sea, and has long legs and a long thin beak …   English dictionary

  • sandpiper — Pride Pride, n. [Cf. AS. lamprede, LL. lampreda, E. lamprey.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small European lamprey ({Petromyzon branchialis}); called also {prid}, and {sandpiper}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sandpiper — noun Date: 1674 any of various small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae, the sandpiper family) distinguished from the related plovers chiefly by the longer and soft tipped bill …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sandpiper — noun /ˈsænd.paɪpɜ/lang=en Any of various small wading birds of the family Scolopacidae …   Wiktionary

  • sandpiper — sand|pip|er [ˈsændˌpaıpə US ər] n a small bird with long legs and a long beak that lives near the shore …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sandpiper — sand|pi|per [ sænd,paıpər ] noun count a small bird that lives in the northern part of the world, usually by the sea, and has long legs and a long thin beak …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English