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
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Fusco illustrates it by photographing birds and animals that hardly anyone ever sees — indeed, often creatures that few have ever heard of, like puritan tiger beetles and bristle-thighed curlews.
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Origin and Etymology of curlew
Middle English, from Anglo-French curleu, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of curlew for English Language Learners
: a large brown bird with long legs and a long thin bill that lives near the water
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