whimbrel(redirected from Hudsonian Curlew)
A grayish-brown migratory shorebird (Numenius phaeopus) that breeds primarily in subarctic regions and has a long, downward-curving bill.
[Perhaps alteration of whimper (from its cry).]
(Animals) a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head
[C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry]
whim•brel(ˈʰwɪm brəl, ˈwɪm-)
a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]