Redleg

[red-leg]
noun U.S. History.
  1. a member of a secret organization, formed in Kansas in 1862, that engaged in guerrilla activities during the Civil War.

Origin of Redleg

so called from the red leggings worn by the members
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Historical Examples of redleg

  • There exists but a single resident species of true game-bird—the redleg.

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    Abel Chapman


British Dictionary definitions for redleg

redleg

noun
  1. Caribbean derogatory a poor White person
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