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sanderling

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noun sand·er·ling \ˈsan-dər-liŋ\

Definition of sanderling

  1. :  a small widely distributed sandpiper (Calidris alba) with pale gray and white plumage in winter



Origin of sanderling

sand + -erling, perhaps from Old English yrthling, kind of bird found in fields, literally, plowman, from yrth, earth plowing, from erian to plow — more at arable


First Known Use: 1602


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