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sanderling

[ san-der-ling ]
/ ˈsæn dər lɪŋ /
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noun
a common, small sandpiper, Calidris alba, inhabiting sandy beaches.
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for sanderling

sanderling
/ (ˈsændəlɪŋ) /

noun
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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