redshank

[red-shangk]

Origin of redshank

First recorded in 1515–25; red1 + shank
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British Dictionary definitions for red shank

red shank

noun
  1. an annual polygonaceous plant, Polygonum persicaria, of N temperate regions, having red stems, narrow leaves, and oblong spikes of pink flowersAlso called: persicaria, lady's-thumb

redshank

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