noun (used with a singular verb)
either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs)

1765–75, Americanism; yellow + legs Unabridged
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yellowlegs (ˈjɛləʊˌlɛɡz)
(functioning as singular) 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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Example sentences
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.
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