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[koo r-luh n]
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  1. the limpkin.
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Origin of courlan

< French courlan < Carib; akin to Galibi kurliri
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Historical Examples

  • By day the Courlan is a dull bird, concealing itself in dense reed-beds in streams and marshes.

    Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)

    P. L. Sclater

British Dictionary definitions for courlan


  1. another name for limpkin
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Word Origin

C19: from French, variant of courliri, from Galibi kurliri
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