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View synonyms for curlew

curlew

[ kur-loo ]

noun

  1. any of several shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having a long, slender, downcurved bill, as the common N. arquata, of Europe.
  2. any of various similar birds.


curlew

/ ˈkɜːljuː /

noun

  1. any large shore bird of the genus Numenius, such as N. arquata of Europe and Asia: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes. They have a long downward-curving bill and occur in northern and arctic regions Compare stone curlew


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Word History and Origins

Origin of curlew1

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French curleu, cognate with Middle French corleu; perhaps imitative
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Word History and Origins

Origin of curlew1

C14: from Old French corlieu, perhaps of imitative origin
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Example Sentences

A low call came from a brooding curlew, a faint sigh from a plover, and the wild rasping cry of a lapwing greeted them overhead.

More than once at night the cry of migrating waders was heard, curlew being unmistakable, and (I think) bar-tailed godwit.

"The Curlew" dashed forward, rising and falling with the swells.

It was at once set; and "The Curlew" started on in the wake of the shower.

It ain't as if 'The Curlew' was loaded down, and lay low in the water.

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