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

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

plural curlews or curlew

Full Definition of CURLEW

:  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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