from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Old World wading bird (Tringa totanus) having long red legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two species of Old World wading bird in the genus Tringa that have long red legs.
- n. A bare-legged person; one of the Scottish Highlanders, who wore kilts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A common Old World limicoline bird (Totanus calidris), having the legs and feet pale red. The spotted redshank (Totanus fuscus) is larger, and has orange-red legs. Called also redshanks, redleg, and clee.
- n. The fieldfare.
- n. A bare-legged person; -- a contemptuous appellation formerly given to the Scotch Highlanders, in allusion to their bare legs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fieldfare, Turdus pilaris.
- n. A wading bird of the family Scolopacidæ and genus Totanus, having red shanks.
- n. The hooded or black-headed gull, Chroïcocephalus ridibundus: so called from its red legs: more fully called redshank gull and red-legged gull or mew.
- n. plural A name given in contempt to Scottish Highlanders, and formerly to native Irish, in allusion to their dress leaving the legs exposed.
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- n. a common Old World wading bird with long red legs
red + shank (Wiktionary)