- any of several crepuscular or nocturnal wading birds of the family Burhinidae, of the Old World and tropical America, having a thickened joint between the femoral and tibiotarsal bones.
Origin of thick-knee
First recorded in 1810–20
Also called stone curlew.
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The Thick-knee is migratory, visiting us in the beginning of April to stay till October.British Birds in their Haunts
Rev. C. A. Johns
- another name for stone curlew
C19: so called because it has thick knee joints
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