American dipper

noun

: dipper sense 2a(1)
We spotted American dippers, birds that walk under water in search of aquatic insects and confound scientists with their ability to withstand icy mountain stream temperatures.Kristi Streiffert, Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington), 3 Sept. 2000

Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American dipper was in 1828

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“American dipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20dipper. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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