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  1. any of numerous shore-inhabiting birds of the family Scolopacidae, related to the plovers, typically having a slender bill and a piping call.

Origin of sandpiper

First recorded in 1665–75; sand + piper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. any of numerous N hemisphere shore birds of the genera Tringa, Calidris, etc, typically having a long slender bill and legs and cryptic plumage: family Scolopacidae, order Charadriiformes
  2. any other bird of the family Scolopacidae, which includes snipes and woodcocks
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Word Origin and History for sandpiper

1670s, from sand (n.) + piper.

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