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

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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

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First Known Use of sandgrouse

1783, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandgrouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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