from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general or occasional name of any sandpiper; especially, the common spotted sandpiper or summer-piper of Europe, Tringoides hypoleucus.
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There were flocks of sea birds, flamingo, pelican, gull, sand-snipe, and plover in abundance, and those who went on shore usually came back laden with game.
As they sat and talked, filled with the happiness of being alone, their eyes now on the sea and now looking into each other's, Meg, who had amused himself by barking at the swooping gulls, chasing the sand-snipe and digging holes in the sand for imaginary muskrats, lifted his head and gave a short yelp.