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Related to whimbrel: Eurasian Curlew
A grayish-brown migratory shorebird (Numenius phaeopus) that breeds primarily in subarctic regions and has a long, downward-curving bill.
[Perhaps alteration of whimper (from its cry).]
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(Animals) a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head
[C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry]
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whim•brel(ˈʰwɪm brəl, ˈwɪm-)
a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]
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