purple sandpiper

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purple sandpiper (plural purple sandpipers)

  1. A type of sandpiper, Calidris maritima.
    • 2011, Victoria Cribb, translating Sjón, From the Mouth of a Whale, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011, p. 11:
      Importunate with his own kind, garrulous with others…So might one describe the purple sandpiper and so men describe me…