yel·​low·​legs | \ ˈye-lō-ˌlegz How to pronounce yellowlegs (audio) , ˈye-lə-, -ˌlāgz \

Definition of yellowlegs

: either of two American shorebirds of the sandpiper family with yellow legs:

Examples of yellowlegs in a Sentence

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, 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of yellowlegs

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of yellowlegs was circa 1772

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“Yellowlegs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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