curlew


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Related to curlew: Eskimo curlew, Eurasian Curlew

cur·lew

 (kûrl′yo͞o, kûr′lo͞o)
n.
Any of several brownish, long-legged shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having long, slender, downward-curving bills.

[Middle English curleu, from Old French courlieu, perhaps of imitative origin.]

curlew

(ˈkɜːljuː)
n
(Animals) any large shore bird of the genus Numenius, such as N. arquata of Europe and Asia: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes. They have a long downward-curving bill and occur in northern and arctic regions. Compare stone curlew
[C14: from Old French corlieu, perhaps of imitative origin]

cur•lew

(ˈkɜr lu)

n.
any of several large shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having a long, slender bill that curves down.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French curleu, c. Middle French corleu; perhaps imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curlew - large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper familycurlew - large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper family; closely related to woodcocks but having a down-curved bill
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
European curlew, Numenius arquata - common Eurasian curlew
Eskimo curlew, Numenius borealis - New World curlew that breeds in northern North America

curlew

noun
Related words
collective noun herd
Translations

curlew

[ˈkɜːluː] Nzarapito m

curlew

[ˈkɜːrljuː] n (= bird) → courlis m

curlew

nBrachvogel m

curlew

[ˈkɜːluː] nchiurlo
References in classic literature ?
One great gray bird, a gull or curlew, soared aloft in the blue heaven.
Except these, the plover and the curlew are the only inhabitants until you come to the Chesterfield high road.
There is one lizard and two waders, namely, a snipe and curlew.
The country abounded with aquatic and land birds, such as swans, wild geese, brant, ducks of almost every description, pelicans, herons, gulls, snipes, curlews, eagles, vultures, crows, ravens, magpies, woodpeckers, pigeons, partridges, pheasants, grouse, and a great variety of singing birds.
There were geese, barrel-headed and black-backed, teal, widgeon, mallard, and sheldrake, with curlews, and here and there a flamingo.
The latest Birds of Conservation Concern assessment found that 67 of the UK's 244 birds are now under threat, with well-known species including curlew, puffin and nightingale joining others already on the red list such as turtle doves, cuckoos and starlings.
Aside from the Scottish Crossbill, which occurs nowhere else, it is the Curlew for which we hold an international responsibility.
The improvement notice refers to a gas release incident which occurred from infrastructure in the vicinity of the Curlew FPSO late on Monday, January 19, 2015.
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The Curlew is the official symbol of the Northumberland National Park and is also the Mountain Rescue Team's national radio call sign.
Al Suwaidi said the curlew, which is sold for over Dh450, is largely nocturnal and sings loud, wailing songs.
In a match fished by 34 anglers on Kestrel, Skylark and Curlew Lakes he won with plenty to spare, amassing 173lb 4oz of carp on pellet at six metres, and on method feeder from Kestrel eight.