nounpl. -·lins or -·lin
a small sandpiper (Calidris alpina) with breeding plumage marked by a reddish back, a black patch on the belly, and a striped breast
Origin of dunlinfrom dunling from dun + -ling
A rust-brown and white sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that breeds in northern regions of North America and Eurasia.
Origin of dunlindun 2 -lin(g) 1
- A small wading bird, Calidris alpina, found along the coast and with a distinctive black belly patch in its breeding plumage. A type of stint.