Definition of yellowlegs in English:

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yellowlegs

Pronunciation: /ˈyelōˌleɡz/

noun

A migratory sandpiper with bright yellow legs, breeding in Alaska and Canada.
  • Genus Tringa, family Scolopacidae: two species, the greater yellowlegs (T. melanoleuca) and the lesser yellowlegs (T. flavipes).
Example sentences
  • In November, away from our yards, along our coasts, only yellowlegs linger.
  • A yellowlegs flew over the pond calling loudly.
  • In autumn its mudflats host migrant shorebirds including plovers, yellowlegs, and sandpipers, and warblers are common in woodlands at both ends of the pond.

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Syllabification: yel·low·legs

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