Definition of greater yellowlegs

: a common North American bird (Tringa melanoleuca) of marsh and shore that is largely gray above and white below with black or dark gray flecks and yellow legs — compare lesser yellowlegs

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Recent Examples on the Web These are people who can tell a greater yellowlegs from a lesser yellowlegs even when there’s only one of them. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "A listless life," 6 May 2020 In Fairhaven, a lark sparrow was seen at the Fort Phoenix State Reservation, and a greater yellowlegs was seen feeding on the mudflats at Veranda Avenue., "Among reports was a painted bunting at the Cold Brook Preserve in Harwich.," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of greater yellowlegs

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Greater yellowlegs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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