pectoral sandpiper


an American sandpiper, Calidris melanotos, the male of which, when courting, inflates its chest conspicuously.

Nearby words

  1. pectoral cross,
  2. pectoral fin,
  3. pectoral girdle,
  4. pectoral muscle,
  5. pectoral nerve,
  6. pectoral vein,
  7. pectoralis,
  8. pectoriloquy,
  9. pectose,
  10. pectous

Origin of pectoral sandpiper

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019