Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Either of two shorebirds (Tringa melanoleuca or T. flavipes) found throughout the Americas and having long yellow legs and a narrow bill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of long-legged sandpipers of the genus Totanus, in which the legs are bright yellow; -- called also stone snipe, tattler, telltale, yellowshanks; and yellowshins. See tattler, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Either of two birds in the genus Tringa, with yellow legs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun either of two North American shorebird with yellow legs

Etymologies

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yellow +‎ lags

Examples

  • Mark Peck said that species nesting away from the Hudson Bay Coast in boreal bogs and fens such as yellowlegs should not be severely impacted because much of the freeze took place near the coast.

    A DC Birding Blog

  • A second possibility would be a large shorebird, like a yellowlegs, which are migrating right now.

    Where do dead birds go? — Part 48B

  • Farther down, where freshwater met salt, a dozen little estuaries nourished tall stands of marsh grass and dozens of species of wildfowl, from the elegant Canada geese to widgeons with calls like rubber duck squeeze toys to the long-legged, long-billed lesser yellowlegs.

    Fire and Ice

  • Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival: If you can afford that tank of gas, there are some free events and activities included in the festival, which marks the annual spring migration of thousands of dunlins, sanderlings, sandpipers, short-billed dowitchers, greater yellowlegs and more.

    The Seattle Times

  • Migration peaks end of April/first of May with tens of thousands of birds: red knots, least and western sandpipers, sanderlings, dunlins, short-billed dowitchers, black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, greater yellowlegs - all doing their best to avoid hunting Peregrine falcons and merlins.

    The Seattle Times

  • Greater yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, black turnstones, surfbirds, sanderlings, least sandpipers, and dunlins also had their best year in 2008.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • We saw willets in breeding plumage, greater yellowlegs, and some ducks the identity of which was uncertain, maybe mottled ducks.

    Corpus Christi Caller Times, Caller.com Stories

  • Greater yellowlegs, spotted sandpipers, black turnstones, surfbirds, sanderlings, least sandpipers, and dunlins also had their best year in 2008.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • The band spotted plenty of ducks, ring-billed gulls, several bald eagles, turkeys, greater yellowlegs and mergansers.

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  • He's almost finished painting his American black duck, which is found in Canada and on the East Coast, and has roughed out his lesser yellowlegs, which is a shorebird.

    Carlsbad Current-Argus Most Viewed

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