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sanderling (n.)

"three-toed sandpipe," a wading bird (Crocethia alba) found on sandy beaches worldwide, c. 1600, probably from sand (n.) + diminutive suffix -ling, but OED suggests possible derivation from Old English *sand-yrðling, with second element yrðling "plowman" (literally "earthling"), which is at least charming. Century Dictionary points to sandling "sand-eel" (mid-15c.), also, later, the name of a small, flat fish.

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Definitions of sanderling

sanderling (n.)
small sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and migrates southward along sandy coasts in most of world;
Synonyms: Crocethia alba
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