thick-knee


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thick-knee

(thĭk′nē′)
n.
Any of various widely distributed, chiefly nocturnal shorebirds of the family Burhinidae, found primarily in arid or semiarid regions and having large heads, large yellow eyes, and knobby leg joints. Also called stone-curlew.
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thick-knee

n
(Animals) another name for stone curlew
[C19: so called because it has thick knee joints]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thick-knee - large-headed large-eyed crepuscular or nocturnal shorebird of the Old World and tropical America having a thickened knee joint
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
Burhinus, genus Burhinus - type genus of the Burhinidae: stone curlews
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A trumpeter hornbill could easily be mistaken for a bawling baby and a water thick-knee crescendos and crashes like a battery draining its juice.
A Senegal Thick-knee, the karawan, scurried across a boat mooring.
The Peruvian Thick-knee Burhinus superciliaris is an uncommon species that inhabits dry agricultural areas and semi-arid scrublands near the coasts of southern Ecuador, Peru and northern Chile (Hume 1996, Canevari et al.
The first area includes birds such as the Houbara bustard, the long-tailed glossy starling, the long-tailed purple starling, the peach-faced lovebird, the crested lark, the stone curlew, and the spotted thick-knee.
Dubai After 30 years of searching for a rare large wading bird, researchers in Abu Dhabi have finally found a Great Thick-knee.
Awake before the fajr , the dawn prayer, perhaps in anticipation of a potential ornithological extravaganza to come, the pre-dawn darkness was cleft apart by the hysterical shrieking of the karawaan , the Senegal Thick-knee. This is an enigmatic wading bird 37 centimeters long and largely streaked brown and beige above and white below.