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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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(Animals) another name for stone curlew
[C19: so called because it has thick knee joints]
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|Noun||1.||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
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