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stone curlew

Origin of stone curlew
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
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stone curlew

any of several brownish shore birds of the family Burhinidae, esp Burhinus oedicnemus, having a large head and eyes: order Charadriiformes Also called thick-knee
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C17: so called because it is found in stony habitats and resembles a curlew
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