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yellowlegs

[yel-oh-legz] /ˈyɛl oʊˌlɛgz/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs)
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism; yellow + legs
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Examples from the web for yellowlegs
  • At the same time, southern migrating shorebirds such as marbled godwits and yellowlegs were present.
  • yellowlegs, dunlins and sanderlings are viewed on the mud flats and beaches.
  • Dowitchers have longer, straighter bills while yellowlegs have brighter, yellow legs and straight bills.
  • yellowlegs are larger with thinner bills and bright yellow legs.
British Dictionary definitions for yellowlegs

yellowlegs

/ˈjɛləʊˌlɛɡz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) either of two North American sandpipers, Tringa melanoleuca (or Totanus melanoleucus) (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs), having bright yellow legs
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