Meaning of yellowshank in English:

yellowshank

(also yellowshanks)

noun

  • (More fully "yellowshank snipe") either of two North American migratory sandpipers, the greater yellowlegs (Totanus melanoleucus) and lesser yellowlegs (T. flavipes), having long, thin, dark beaks, long yellow legs, and a grey-brown body with dark markings and pale underparts.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer.