1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.

2. <zoology> Any one of several species of large, long-legged sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.

The common American species are the greater tattler, or telltale (T. Melanoleucus), the smaller tattler, or lesser yellowlegs (T. Flavipes), the solitary tattler (T. Solitarius), and the semipalmated tattler, or willet. The first two are

Synonyms: telltale, telltale spine, telltale tattler, yellowlegs, yellowshanks, and yelper.

(01 Mar 1998)

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