telltale spine

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tattler \Tat"tler\, n.
   1. One who tattles; an idle talker; one who tells tales.
      --Jer. Taylor.
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   2. (Zool.) Any one of several species of large, long-legged
      sandpipers belonging to the genus Totanus.
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   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.
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