• WordNet 3.6
    • n sandpiper any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sandpiper (Zoöl) A small lamprey eel; the pride.
    • Sandpiper (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small limicoline game birds belonging to Tringa Actodromas Ereunetes, and various allied genera of the family Tringidæ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sandpiper A small wading bird that runs along the sand and utters a piping note; a sand-lark, sand-plover, or sand-snipe. Technically— A bird of the family Scolopacidæ, subfamily Scolopacinæ, and section Tringeæ, of which there are about 20 species, of all parts of the world. They have the bill like a true snipe's in its sensitiveness and constricted gape, but it is little if any longer than the head, straight or scarcely decurved, and the tail lacks the cross-bars of that of most snipes and tattlers. The toes are four in number (excepting Calidris), and cleft to the base (excepting Micropalama and Ereunetes). The sandpipers belong especially to the northern hemisphere and mostly breed in high latitudes; but they perform the most extensive migrations, and in winter are generally dispersed over the world. The sexes are alike in plumage, but the seasonal changes of plumage are very great. The sandpipers are probably without exception gregarious, and often fleck the beaches in flocks of hundreds or thousands. They live preferably in open wet sandy places, not in swamps and fens, and feed by probing with their sensitive bills, like snipes. Among them are the most diminutive of waders, as the tiny sandpipers of the genus Actodromas called stints. The semipalmated sandpiper is no larger, but has basal webs; it is Ereunetes pusillus of America. The spoon-billed sandpiper, Eurynorhynchus pygmæus, is another diminutive bird, of Asia and arctic America. The stilt-sandpiper has long legs and semi-palmated feet; it is Micropalama himantopus. The broad-billed sandpiper is Limicola pygmæa or platyrhyncha, not found in America. The pectoral sandpiper, or grass-snipe, is Actodromas maculata, a characteristic American species of comparatively large size. Dunlins or purres are sandpipers of the genus Pelidna. The curlew-sandpiper is Ancylochilus subarquatus. The purple sandpipers are several species of Arquatella, as A. maritima. The knot, canute, red or red-breasted, or ash-colored sandpiper, or robin-snipe, is Tringa canutus.
    • n sandpiper A fish, the pride.
    • n sandpiper Of Pennant, the green sandpiper: called Tringa littorea by Linnæus, and Mr. Oldham's white heron by Albin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sandpiper a wading-bird of the snipe family, which frequents sandy river-banks, distinguished by its clear piping note
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sand; Dut. zand, Ger. sand, Ice. sand-r.


In literature:

You owe him your life, you lil sandpiper.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Was that the way to speak to three big, 'most-grown-up sandpiper sons, who had wandered about so free of will the livelong day?
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
Sandpipers went whistling in every direction.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The lesser sandpipers, both the spotted and the solitary, teeter along the brooks and ponds, and probe the shallows for tiny worms.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
They breed commonly on the Pribilof and other islands in Bering Sea, nesting the same as other Sandpipers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Some were so poor that we caught Sandpipers by hand.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
I saw blackbirds at this place, and sparrows, and the solitary sandpiper, and the Canada woodpecker, and a large number of humming-birds.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Round the back of the course The Spot went up to him, followed by Sandpiper.
"The Second String" by Nat Gould
The sandpiper tilts along the shelving shore.
"In New England Fields and Woods" by Rowland E. Robinson
No other place for some distance is visited by the sandpiper: none of the ponds, or brooks; only the lake.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

The poor sandpiper cannot pipe
He's all wheezed up and croaked
He's swallowed so much sand
His blinking carburettors choked!
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
With dynasties of negative constructions
darkening and dying around you,
with grammar that suddenly turns and shines
like flocks of sandpipers flying,
please come flying.
"Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Sandpipers run to and fro in the surf, grabbing little crustaceans as the waves ebb.
Sandpiper Cove Beachfront Vacation Rentals Destin FL.
The eagles are landing at Sandpiper .
Solana Pacific School hosted its annual Sandpiper Sprint on Oct 12.
Daniel Behm photographed this Spotted Sandpiper in spring 2011 in Lorain County, Ohio, and posted it to our US and Canada Gallery.
Sandpiper 's racks have always read like a Fashion Week show schedule, with names such as Tibi, Milly, and Diane von Furstenberg.
Set on 11 serene acres in the heart of Mount Pleasant, Sandpiper Village has served retired seniors and their families for 28 years.
According to FHP reports, Mary J Catania, 58, of Naples was driving north on Sandpiper Drive toward Fiddler's Creek Parkway before the accident.
Sandpiper 's future in doubt.
One of many signs from the state Liquor Board posted on Sandpipers Restaurant and Night Club on Bucklin Hill.
Read the complete details of this Sandpiper recall issued on Aug 30, 1995 by the NHTSA, including the number of motorcycles affected, consequence, proposed solution from Cobra, and more.
Sandpipers, plovers and other shorebirds that spent the summer on the tundra have already begun their journey to South American winter grounds.
Dave Lewis photographed this Solitary Sandpiper at the Jamestown Audubon Center in Jamestown, New York, in early September.

In science:

However, results on the Spotted Sandpiper, Actidis macularia, the Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolour, the Bar-headed Goose, Anser indicus, the Common Eider and the Bantam hen, Gallus domesticus, mitigate this assumption (Dittami, 1981; Oring et al., 1986, 1988; Sharp et al., 1988; Criscuolo et al., 2002).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Changes in plasma prolactin associated with laying and hatch in the spotted Sandpiper.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird