sanderling

noun
sand·​er·​ling | \ ˈsan-dər-liŋ How to pronounce sanderling (audio) \

Definition of sanderling

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

Examples of sanderling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Migratory birds—specifically little seaside birds called sanderlings—did not have enough insects to eat during the breeding season. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Extreme Snowfall Prevented Arctic Species From Breeding Last Year," 16 Oct. 2019 Only a quarter of the average sanderling populations were accounted for, and those individuals were in bad shape. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Extreme Snowfall Prevented Arctic Species From Breeding Last Year," 16 Oct. 2019 Shorebirds such as sanderlings and plovers are down by about one-third, the team says. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show," 19 Sep. 2019 Shorebirds such as sanderlings and plovers are down by about one-third, according to the study. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sanderling

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Sanderling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanderling. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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