greater yellowlegs


noun

See under yellowlegs.

Nearby words

  1. greater splanchnic nerve,
  2. greater sunda islands,
  3. greater trochanter,
  4. greater vestibular gland,
  5. greater weever,
  6. greater zygomatic muscle,
  7. greatest,
  8. greatest common divisor,
  9. greatest good for the greatest number,
  10. greatest happiness for the greatest number

Origin of greater yellowlegs

First recorded in 1925–30

yellowlegs

[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for greater yellowlegs

yellowlegs

/ (ˈjɛləʊˌlɛɡz) /

noun

(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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