- an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet.
Origin of redshank
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Now let us leave the beach and look for the Redshank on the mud-flats.
It had the soft quality, soft yet piercing, of a redshank's, but it shuddered like an owl's.Lore of Proserpine
Redshank, curlew, and dunlin—cousins of the snipe and woodcock—are all accomplished performers in the art of wooing on the wing.
His cousin, the redshank, a much larger bird, has already been described here in regard to his spring love-making.
Many birds would starve there, but the Redshank is quite happy, as Nature has fitted him for his life in such a place.
- either of two large common European sandpipers, Tringa totanus or T. erythropus (spotted redshank), having red legs
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