yellowlegs

[yel-oh-legz]
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noun (used with a singular verb)

either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs).

Nearby words

  1. yellowfinch,
  2. yellowhammer,
  3. yellowhead,
  4. yellowish,
  5. yellowknife,
  6. yellowly,
  7. yellows,
  8. yellowstone,
  9. yellowstone falls,
  10. yellowstone lake

Origin of yellowlegs

1765–75, Americanism; yellow + legs

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yellowlegs

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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