Definition of yellowlegs in English:



  • 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)

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Often clouds of black skimmers, yellowlegs and a half-dozen species of sandpipers would wheel over our duck decoys, occasionally alighting right in the middle of them.’
    • ‘In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.’
    • ‘Next he let loose with the melodious song of the goldfinch and followed this closely with the ‘whew, whew, whew, ‘of the greater yellowlegs, a migratory wading bird.’’



/ˈyelōˌleɡz/ /ˈjɛloʊˌlɛɡz/