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dunlin

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noun, dun·lin \ˈdən-lən\

Definition of dunlin

plural dunlins or dunlin

  1. :  a small widely distributed sandpiper (Calidris alpina) largely cinnamon to rusty brown above and white below



Origin of dunlin

1dun + -lin (alteration of -ling)


First Known Use: circa 1532


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