from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small shore bird (Crocethia alba) related to the sandpipers, having predominantly gray and white plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small wading bird, Calidris alba, that breeds in the Arctic and winters on sandy shores and estuaries around the world. A type of stint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small gray and brown sandpiper (Calidris arenaria) very common on sandy beaches in America, Europe, and Asia. Called also curwillet, sand lark, stint, and ruddy plover.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The three-toed sandpiper, or so-called ruddy plover, Calidris arenaria or Arenaria calidris, a small wading bird of the family Scolopacidæ, subfamily Scolopacinæ, and section Tringeæ, found on sandy beaches of all parts of the world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and migrates southward along sandy coasts in most of world
Perhaps from sand + -ling1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)