One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly in the names of birds and other animals: having red or reddish legs.
2Of a person: that has red legs, especially that is wearing red tights, trousers, etc.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From red + legged.
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