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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs).
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Origin of yellowlegs

1765–75, Americanism; yellow + legs
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Historical Examples of yellowlegs

  • The Eskimo curlew is decreasing to the danger point, and the Yellowlegs is following.

    Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador

    William Wood

British Dictionary definitions for yellowlegs


  1. (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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