redshanks
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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