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curlew

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noun cur·lew \ˈkər-(ˌ)lü, ˈkərl-(ˌ)yü\

Simple Definition of curlew

  • : a large brown bird with long legs and a long thin bill that lives near the water

Full Definition of curlew

plural curlews or curlew

  1. :  any of various largely brownish chiefly migratory birds (especially genus Numenius) having long legs and a long slender down-curved bill and related to the sandpipers and snipes

Origin of curlew

Middle English, from Anglo-French curleu, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century



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