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redshank

[red-shangk] /ˈrɛdˌʃæŋk/
noun
1.
an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet.
Origin of redshank
1515-1525
1515-25; red1 + shank
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  • Professor Ansted includes the redshank in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.

  • Now let us leave the beach and look for the redshank on the mud-flats.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • It had the soft quality, soft yet piercing, of a redshank's, but it shuddered like an owl's.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • His cousin, the redshank, a much larger bird, has already been described here in regard to his spring love-making.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • The redshank is a bird of frequent occurrence on all such parts of the coast as are suited to its habits.

  • No sooner does the redshank spy you than he is up and, with a shrill whistle of alarm, flies quickly away.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • A redshank rises up into the air, and there flies in a series of switchbacks.

  • It is far less common than the redshank, but seems to resemble it in many of its habits.

  • Kearton somewhere relates how he once induced a blackbird to sit on the eggs of a thrush, and a lapwing on those of a redshank.

    Birds in the Calendar Frederick G. Aflalo
  • I have, however, a redshank in full breeding plumage, killed in Guernsey as late as the 23rd of April.

British Dictionary definitions for redshank

redshank

/ˈrɛdˌʃæŋk/
noun
1.
either of two large common European sandpipers, Tringa totanus or T. erythropus (spotted redshank), having red legs
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