strandlopertjie, noun

Formerly also strandloopertje.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch strandlooper (see strandloper) + diminutive suffix -ie.
strandloper sense 1.
1905 J. Du Plessis 1000 Miles in Heart of Afr. 137On the river you see..the nimble strandloopertje (plover), [etc.].
1972 Evening Post 9 Sept. 2They seem to be as contented as any ostrich could wish to be, except that they find the little sandplovers (strandlopertjies) on the farm a nuisance. These little birds dart at them frequently, either to tease them or to try to chase them away.
1980 E. Prov. Herald 13 Dec. 6Birds which live along the shore feeding on small creatures on and in the sand..go by such names as sanderlings, sandpipers, sandplovers, snipes and curlews...I call them by their attractive Afrikaans name of strandlopertjies.
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