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[yel-oh-legz] /ˈyɛl oʊˌlɛgz/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs)
Origin of yellowlegs
1765-75, Americanism; yellow + legs Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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