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  1. an Old World shore bird, Tringa nebularia, having green legs.
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Origin of greenshank

First recorded in 1760–70; green + shank
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Examples from the Web for greenshank

Historical Examples

  • The Greenshank breeds very locally in Scotland, and is best known to us at its more or less inland nesting stations.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • So it is little wonder that of the actual courtship of the greenshank we have hardly anything on record.

  • When singing, the greenshank rises fairly high—sometimes very high—above the moor and starts by soaring, head to wind, of course.

  • They are rather handsomely marked and are practically indistinguishable from eggs of the European greenshank.

British Dictionary definitions for greenshank


  1. a large European sandpiper, Tringa nebularia, with greenish legs and a slightly upturned bill
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