whimbrel

[hwim-bruh l, wim-]

Origin of whimbrel

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

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

Word Origin for whimbrel

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