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Redshank

redshank

1. (Science: zoology) A common old world limicoline bird (Totanus calidris), having the legs and feet pale red. The spotted redshank (T. Fuscus) is larger, and has orange-red legs. Called also redshanks, redleg, and clee. The fieldfare.

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


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