sand·​pip·​er | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌpī-pər How to pronounce sandpiper (audio) \

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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Examples of sandpiper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web North of Boston, recent sightings at Rough Meadows Sanctuary in Topsfield have included a pectoral sandpiper, two American woodcocks, a lesser yellowlegs, and a Magnolia warbler., 13 Nov. 2021 The ruddy turnstone and purple sandpiper seem to like each other's company. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 The other, with speckled brown-and-white feathers and a drooping bill, was a purple sandpiper. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2022 Cape Cod: The highlights included an exceptionally late record of an Arctic tern at Race Point in Provincetown where a Western sandpiper, three Iceland gulls, and a snowy owl were also seen., 28 Nov. 2021 Three black-legged kittiwakes were seen at Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, a solitary sandpiper was seen at Hadley Cove in Hadley, and dickcissels were spotted in Hadley and Arcadia Sanctuary., 30 Oct. 2021 Berkshire County: Among observations were a Baird’s sandpiper in Sheffield and a yellow-throated vireo in Great Barrington., 2 Oct. 2021 In Longmeadow, a snowy egret was seen and a stilt sandpiper was found at the Longmeadow flats., 25 Sep. 2021 Martha’s Vineyard: Highlights featured a Eurasian wigeon in Edgartown, and a stilt sandpiper and a Hudsonian godwit in Chilmark., 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sandpiper

1674, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Sandpiper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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sand·​pip·​er | \ ˈsand-ˌpī-pər How to pronounce sandpiper (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandpiper

: a small shorebird with long slender legs and bill

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