Eskimo curlew


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Es′kimo cur′lew


n.
a New World curlew, Numenius borealis, that breeds in N North America: possibly extinct.
[1805–15, Amer.]
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Noun1.Eskimo curlew - New World curlew that breeds in northern North AmericaEskimo curlew - New World curlew that breeds in northern North America
curlew - large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper family; closely related to woodcocks but having a down-curved bill
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