yel·​low·​legs ˈye-lō-ˌlegz How to pronounce yellowlegs (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: either of two American shorebirds of the sandpiper family with yellow legs:

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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, 6 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yellowlegs was circa 1772

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“Yellowlegs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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