stone curlew

Origin of stone curlew

First recorded in 1670–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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stone curlew

  1. any of several brownish shore birds of the family Burhinidae, esp Burhinus oedicnemus, having a large head and eyes: order CharadriiformesAlso called: thick-knee

Word Origin for stone curlew

C17: so called because it is found in stony habitats and resembles a curlew
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