sandpiper

noun sand·pip·er \ ˈsan(d)-ˌpī-pər \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

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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SANDPIPER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

sandpiper

noun sand·pip·er \ ˈsand-ˌpī-pər \

Definition of sandpiper for Students

: a small shorebird with long slender legs and bill


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