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 for longshanks
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Longshanks \Long"shanks`\, n. (Zool.)
     The stilt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stilt \Stilt\, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta,
     LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E.
     stout.]
     1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop
        to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is
        sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged
        upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm.
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              Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
                                                    --Landor.
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     2. A crutch; also, the handle of a plow. [Prov. Eng.]
        --Halliwell.
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     3. (Zool.) Any species of limicoline birds belonging to
        Himantopus and allied genera, in which the legs are
        remarkably long and slender. Called also longshanks,
        stiltbird, stilt plover, and lawyer.
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     Note: The American species ({Himantopus Mexicanus) is well
           known. The European and Asiatic stilt ({Himantopus
           candidus) is usually white, except the wings and
           interscapulars, which are greenish black. The
           white-headed stilt ({Himantopus leucocephalus) and the
           banded stilt ({Cladorhynchus pectoralis) are found in
           Australia.
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     Stilt plover (Zool.), the stilt.
  
     Stilt sandpiper (Zool.), an American sandpiper
        ({Micropalama himantopus) having long legs. The bill is
        somewhat expanded at the tip.
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