dun·​lin | \ ˈdən-lən How to pronounce dunlin (audio) \
plural dunlins or dunlin

Definition of dunlin

: a small widely distributed sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that in breeding plumage is largely cinnamon to rusty brown above and white below with a large black patch on the belly

Examples of dunlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sightings in Nauset Marsh in Eastham included a royal tern, a Caspian tern, a black skimmer, a dunlin, and 3 American oystercatchers. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of dunlin

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dunlin

dun entry 1 + -lin (alteration of -ling)

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“Dunlin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunlin. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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