redshank

noun
red·​shank | \ ˈred-ˌshaŋk How to pronounce redshank (audio) \

Definition of redshank

: a common Old World sandpiper (Tringa totanus) with pale red legs and feet

First Known Use of redshank

1525, in the meaning defined above

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“Redshank.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redshank. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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