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redshank

[red-shangk]
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noun
  1. an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet.

Origin of redshank

First recorded in 1515–25; red1 + shank
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Examples from the Web for redshank

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • Redshank, curlew, and dunlin—cousins of the snipe and woodcock—are all accomplished performers in the art of wooing on the wing.

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • 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

  • Many birds would starve there, but the Redshank is quite happy, as Nature has fitted him for his life in such a place.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith


British Dictionary definitions for redshank

redshank

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