Meaning of red-breasted sandpiper in English:

red-breasted sandpiper

noun

  • 1North American The red knot, Calidris canutus, in breeding plumage.

  • 2The short-billed dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus (rare).

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), ornithologist and poet.