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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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another name for stone curlew

Word Origin for thick-knee

C19: so called because it has thick knee joints
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