dunlin

[ duhn-lin ]
/ ˈdʌn lɪn /

noun

a common sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Origin of dunlin

1525–35; variant of dunling. See dun2, -ling1
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dunlin

/ (ˈdʌnlɪn) /

noun

a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summerAlso called: red-backed sandpiper

Word Origin for dunlin

C16: dun ² + -ling 1
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