thick-knee

[ thik-nee ]

noun
  1. 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

1
First recorded in1810–20

Words Nearby thick-knee

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How to use thick-knee in a sentence

  • The thick-knee is migratory, visiting us in the beginning of April to stay till October.

  • Dr. Boussingault sat with one thick knee covered by his serviette and thrust into the aisle for the garons to stumble over.

    Running Sands | Reginald Wright Kauffman

British Dictionary definitions for thick-knee

thick-knee

noun
  1. another name for stone curlew

Origin of thick-knee

1
C19: so called because it has thick knee joints

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