nounWord forms: plural ˈsandˌpipers or ˈsandˌpiper
any of a number of small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) similar to the snipes but
distinguished by a shorter, soft-tipped bill, including the common sandpiper (Tringa hypoleucos) of Europe and the spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia) and least sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) of North America
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