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solitary sandpiper

noun

  1. a North American sandpiper, Tringa solitaria, of inland wetlands, having a brownish-gray, white-spotted back and whitish underparts.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of solitary sandpiper1

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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Example Sentences

It walks about on land actively and daintily, where it is said to resemble the solitary sandpiper.

The note reminded me somewhat of the loud song of the Kentucky warbler, and the Banker, of the note of the solitary sandpiper.

The solitary sandpiper comes again to preside briefly over the ponds—a lone, wild spirit.

The city boy who spends his vacation in the rural parts and fishes for dace, redfins or sunfish, knows the Solitary Sandpiper.

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