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
Recent Examples of sandpiper from the Web
The sky is a sheet of blue, a breeze wraps us with clean air, a sandpiper mom shrieks over her hatchlings.
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The ceiling, which would be a credit to a fine hotel, is decorated with sandpipers and blue herons.
But a new study reveals that even a small amount of oil could cause major damage to bird populations like the western sandpiper.
Hummingbirds lay eggs that look like Tic Tacs, owls lay nigh-perfect spheres, and sandpipers lay almost conical eggs that end in a rounded point.
A sandpiper’s egg is shaped like a teardrop, an owl’s like a golf ball, and a hummingbird’s like a jelly bean.
Common murres, for instance, are fast, powerful fliers and have asymmetric eggs, as do least sandpipers, which migrate long distances.
Good flyers like sandpipers and murres tend to lay eggs that are more elongated and more asymmetrical—a bit like the shape of a Zeppelin—likely because lots of time in the air requires lightweight, compact bodies.
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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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