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.
There is one lizard and two waders, namely, a snipe and curlew.
Except these, the plover and the curlew are the only inhabitants until you come to the Chesterfield high road.
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 ministry has already passed legislation and launched several initiatives to protect endangered birds, especially threatened species such as the Karowan, which are commonly known as the stone curlew.
Less than a year ago the future of the species here was deemed so critical that the Government established a Curlew Task Force charged with reversing the endangered bird's decline.
NORTH Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood, who is Wales Species Champion for the curlew, has spoken in the Assembly Chamber of the need to protect this threatened bird species.
The Curlew is devoted to nature writing and illustration from around the world.
Europe's largest and most distinctive wading bird, the curlew is among those that have been added to the "red list" of threatened UK birds in its most recent update, with numbers falling 64 per cent from 1970 to 2014.
And of all the shorebirds, I get a real kick out of finding a Curlew Sandpiper (or Curly Sand as a friend of mine calls them).
On Sunday, June 19, the country's top women riders will take on the Curlew Cup race from Stamfordham before the men take to the same course for the Beaumont Trophy.