Definition of green sandpiper in US English:

green sandpiper

noun

  • A small migratory sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, which has a dark greenish-brown back and wings and breeds in subarctic Europe and Asia; (US) the similar solitary sandpiper, T. solitaria.

Origin

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