Meaning of spotted sandpiper in English:

spotted sandpiper

noun

  • A small migratory wader breeding in North America, Actitis macularius, which has white underparts with black spots in the breeding season.

    Formerly considered conspecific with the common sandpiper, A. hypoleucos, of Eurasia.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer.