a common, small sandpiper, Calidris alba, inhabiting sandy beaches.

Nearby words

  1. sandcastle,
  2. sandculture,
  3. sande,
  4. sandek,
  5. sander,
  6. sanderson,
  7. sandfish,
  8. sandfly,
  9. sandfly fever,
  10. sandglass

Origin of sanderling

1595–1605; sand + -erling, representing Old English yrthling kind of bird (perhaps a plover), literally, plowman (compare obsolete English earthling plowman), equivalent to yrth plowing, tilling (derivative of erian to plow, ear3; for -th, cf. birth) + -ling -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sanderling



a small sandpiper, Crocethia alba, that frequents sandy shores

Word Origin for sanderling

C17: perhaps from sand + Old English erthling, eorthling earthling

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Word Origin and History for sanderling



wading bird (Crocethia alba), c.1600, probably from sand (n.) + a diminutive suffix, but OED suggests possible derivation from Old English *sand-yrðling, with second element yrðling "plowman" (literally "earthling").

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