Origin of stone curlew
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for stone curlew
I am assured now that it is the stone-curlew (Charadrius œdicnemus).The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2
It struck him suddenly that Miss Latimer herself looked like a stone-curlew.The Third Window
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
As autumn advances the stone-curlew gathers in large flocks, and then is as wary as its namesake.
Willet, wil′et, n. a North American bird of the snipe family, belonging to the tattler group—also Stone-curlew.
Dear Sir,—The history of the stone-curlew, Charadrius œdicnemus, is as follows.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 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
C17: so called because it is found in stony habitats and resembles a curlew