sandgrouse

noun
sand·​grouse | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌgrau̇s How to pronounce sandgrouse (audio) \

Definition of sandgrouse

: any of numerous birds (family Pteroclididae) of arid parts of southern Europe, Asia, and Africa that have precocial downy young and are related to the shorebirds and the pigeons

Examples of sandgrouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her own research has found that, on weekends in Spain, birds like little bustards and pin-tailed sandgrouse change their behavior in response to more people flocking to the countryside. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 The sandgrouse, a relative of the pigeon, lives in arid parts of Africa, Madagascar, southern Europe, and southern and Central Asia. National Geographic, "Meet the Beetles that Harvest Fog in the Desert," 7 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sandgrouse.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sandgrouse

1783, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sandgrouse

Time Traveler for sandgrouse

Time Traveler

The first known use of sandgrouse was in 1783

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sandgrouse

Cite this Entry

“Sandgrouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandgrouse. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on sandgrouse

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sandgrouse

Comments on sandgrouse

What made you want to look up sandgrouse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!