• WordNet 3.6
    • n dunlin small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dunlin (Zoöl) A species of sandpiper (Tringa alpina); -- called also churr dorbie grass bird, and red-backed sandpiper. It is found both in Europe and America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dunlin The red-backed sandpiper, Tringa (Pelidna) alpina, widely dispersed and very abundant in the northern hemisphere, especially along sea-coasts, during the extensive migrations it performs between its arctic breeding-grounds and its temperate or tropical winter resorts. The dunlin is 8 inches long, the bill an inch or more, slightly decurved; in full dress the belly is jet-black, the upper parts varied with brown, gray, and reddish. The American dunlin is a different variety, somewhat larger, with a longer or more decurved bill, the Pelidna pacifica of Coues. The dunlin is also called stint, purre, ox-bird, bull's-eye, sea-snipe, pickerel, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dunlin dun′lin the red-backed sandpiper.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. dun, hill (E. dune,), and linne, pool, pond, lake, E. lin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A dim. of dun.


In literature:

A bird very much resembling the British Dunlin.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
At Kaolak River (July 17, 1951) a dunlin was feeding and flying with a group of four semipalmated sandpipers.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
It is true that it brought down quite a wisp of dunlins, but then there was almost a cloud of them to fire at.
"The Confessions of a Poacher" by Anonymous
TRINGA (Sandpiper, Knot, Dunlin, Stint).
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Most of these were ring-dotterels, dunlins, and curlew-sandpiper, the two latter in full summer-plumage.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
Only a dozen, half of them dunlins, were secured and divided.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies

In news:

Thousands of dunlins and western sandpipers wheel through the sky at Hartney Bay during the annual shore bird migration through the Copper River Delta.