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Eskimo curlew

noun
1.
a New World curlew, Numenius borealis, that breeds in northern North America: now nearly extinct.
Origin of Eskimo curlew
1805-1815
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15
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  • Yellow-legged plover, golden plover; Hudsonian and Eskimo curlew, prairie chicken.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Such water birds as the avocets, godwits, greater yellow-legs, long-billed curlew and Eskimo curlew are becoming very rare.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday

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