Definition of sandpiper
: any of various small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae, the sandpiper family) distinguished from the related plovers chiefly by the longer and soft-tipped bill
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Now, the unsteady first steps of tiny sandpiper chicks have been captured on video.
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First Known Use of sandpiper
SANDPIPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sandpiper for English Language Learners
: a type of bird that has long legs and a long bill and that lives near the sea
SANDPIPER Defined for Kids
Definition of sandpiper for Students
: a small shorebird with long slender legs and bill
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