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  • Sandpiper — Sand pi per, n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small limicoline game birds belonging to {Tringa}, {Actodromas}, {Ereunetes}, and various allied genera of the family {Tringid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The most important North… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sandpiper — [sand′pī΄pər] n. pl. sandpipers or sandpiper any of a number of small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) similar to the snipes but distinguished by a shorter, soft tipped bill, including the common sandpiper ( Tringa hypoleucos) of Europe and the… …   English World dictionary

  • sandpiper — ► NOUN ▪ a wading bird with a long bill and long legs, frequenting coastal areas …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 — /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… …   Australian English 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


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