curlew

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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
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collective noun herd
Translations

curlew

[ˈkɜːluː] Nzarapito m

curlew

[ˈkɜːrljuː] n (= bird) → courlis m

curlew

nBrachvogel m

curlew

[ˈkɜːluː] nchiurlo