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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dun•lin  (dunlin), 
  1. Birdsa common sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • variant of dunling. See dun2, -ling1 1525–35

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dunlin /ˈdʌnlɪn/ n
  1. a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summer
Etymology: 16th Century: dun² + -ling1

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