Redshank Red"shank` (r?d"sh?nk`), n. 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common Old World limicoline bird ({Totanus calidris}), having the legs and feet pale red. The spotted redshank ({Totanus fuscus}) is larger, and has orange-red legs. Called also {redshanks}, {redleg}, and {clee}. (b) The fieldfare. [1913 Webster]

2. A bare-legged person; -- a contemptuous appellation formerly given to the Scotch Highlanders, in allusion to their bare legs. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • Redshank — can refer to:*Two species of birds: ** Common Redshank Tringa totanus ** Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus *Three species of plant: ** Redshank (plant) Polygonum persicaria ** Redshank (moss) Ceratodon purpureus ** Scarce Redshank Ceratodon… …   Wikipedia

  • redshank — [red′shaŋk΄] n. either of two European sandpipers with reddish legs, esp. the more common species (Tringa totanus) …   English World dictionary

  • redshank — /red shangk /, n. an Old World sandpiper, Tringa totanus, having red legs and feet. [1515 25; RED1 + SHANK] * * * ▪ bird group  either of two species of Old World shorebirds of the family Scolopacidae (order Charadriiformes), characterized by its …   Universalium

  • redshank — /ˈrɛdʃæŋk/ (say redshangk) noun either of two Northern Hemisphere wading birds of the genus Tringa, as the common redshank, T. totanus, or spotted redshank, T. erythio, having long red legs …   Australian-English dictionary

  • redshank — noun Date: 1525 a common Old World sandpiper (Tringa totanus) with pale red legs and feet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • redshank — noun Either of two species of Old World wading bird in the genus Tringa that have long red legs …   Wiktionary

  • redshank — n. large slender wading bird with long red legs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • redshank — noun a large sandpiper with long red legs. [Tringa totanus and T. erythropus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • redshank — n. either of two sandpipers, Tringa totanus and T. erythropus, with bright red legs …   Useful english dictionary

  • Common Redshank — For the plant called Redshank , see Persicaria maculosa. Common Redshank Breeding plumage Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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