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upland sandpiper

a large, field-inhabiting sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, of eastern North America, resembling a plover: now protected and increasing in numbers.
Also called upland plover, Bartramian sandpiper.
Origin of upland sandpiper
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In North America this is to-day the status of the whooping crane, upland plover, and several other species.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • upland plover, marbled godwit, Baird's sparrow, chestnut-collared longspur.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Two caterpillar enemies of cotton, the cotton worm and the cotton cutworm, are eaten by the upland plover and killdeer.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • There were upland plover in great plenty; and before I had been away from the camp fifteen minutes I had several in my pockets.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • On its breeding grounds it often hovers, almost motionless in the air, as the upland plover sometimes does.

British Dictionary definitions for upland plover

upland plover

an American sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda, with a short slender bill and long tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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