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Definition of "sandpiper" [sand•pi•per]

  • Any of various small wading birds of the family Scolopacidae, usually having a long straight sensitive bill with which it picks up insects, worms, and soft mollusks in mud and sand. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sandpiper" in a sentence
  • "While I'm on the topic of recycling, I should mention, too, that the "sandpiper" product line introduced a year or so ago by our St. Catharines Ontario mill was the industry's first 100-per-cent post-consumer, non-de-inked writing paper."
  • "He lost his wife to cancer, is a deep thinker – especially when out looking for a pectoral sandpiper or a black-tailed godwit – badly dressed, anti-consumerist and becomes convinced that, for all the police efforts, society is falling apart and "anarchy rules"."
  • "Two species of wader, the curlew sandpiper and little stint, do not breed in Britain but pass through on their journey south."