Tattler Tat"tler, n. 1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus {Totanus}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common American species are the greater tattler, or telltale ({Totanus melanoleucus}), the smaller tattler, or lesser yellowlegs ({Totanus flavipes}), the solitary tattler ({Totanus solitarius}), and the semipalmated tattler, or willet. The first two are called also {telltale}, {telltale spine}, {telltale tattler}, {yellowlegs}, {yellowshanks}, and {yelper.} [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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