- 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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- (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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