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dunlin Line breaks: dun¦lin
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌnlɪn/

Definition of dunlin in English:

noun (plural same or dunlins)

A migratory sandpiper with a downcurved bill and (in the breeding season) a reddish-brown back and black belly. It is the commonest small wader of the northern hemisphere.
  • Calidris alpina, family Scolopacidae
Example sentences
  • You can see red knots, dunlins, and sandpipers as they rest and forage for food on the beaches, using the untouched island habitat as a safe haven during their journey south.
  • Suddenly hundreds of lapwing, redshank and dunlin all took wing, rapidly climbing high above the flooded flats.
  • In the long-term the scheme will provide ‘compensation’ for other areas where development means natural habitats are lost and they are hoping to attract species such as redshank, dunlin, curlew, golden plover and shelduck.


Mid 16th century: probably from dun1 + -ling, from the greyish-brown winter colouring of its upper parts.

Words that rhyme with dunlin

mullein • Dublin • muslin
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