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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  • yellowlegs — /yel oh legz /, n. (used with a sing. v.) either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs). [1765 75, Amer.; YELLOW + LEGS] * * * Either of two species (genus Tringa …   Universalium

  • yellowlegs — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1772 either of two American shorebirds of the sandpiper family with yellow legs: a. greater yellowlegs b. lesser yellowlegs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • yellowlegs — yel•low•legs [[t]ˈyɛl oʊˌlɛgz[/t]] n. (used with a sing. v.) orn either of two large New World sandpipers having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes(lesser yellowlegs). • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • yellowlegs — noun either of two North American shorebird with yellow legs • Hypernyms: ↑sandpiper • Hyponyms: ↑greater yellowlegs, ↑Tringa melanoleuca, ↑lesser yellowlegs, ↑Tringa flavipes • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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