whimbrel

[ hwim-bruhl, wim- ]

noun
  1. a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.

Origin of whimbrel

1
1520–30; whim (perhaps imitative) + intrusive -b- + -rel

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whimbrel

/ (ˈwɪmbrəl) /


noun
  1. a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head

Origin of whimbrel

1
C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry

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