whimbrel

noun
whim·​brel | \ ˈ(h)wim-brəl How to pronounce whimbrel (audio) \

Definition of whimbrel

: a curlew (Numenius phaeopus) chiefly of the northern coastal regions of North America and Eurasia

Examples of whimbrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The migratory path of a whimbrel may extend from nesting areas in the Arctic to wintering grounds as far south as Bolivia. CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 In Hampshire County, notable sightings at the Oxbow Marina included a black-bellied plover, a ruddy turnstone, a whimbrel, and a laughing gull. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 From Georges Island in Boston Harbor, sightings included flyby eight great shearwaters, a Cory’s shearwater, 16 Wilson’s storm-petrels, a whimbrel, a Forster’s tern, 12 roseate terns, and two cliff swallows. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 One year after trapping the visiting whimbrel, Winn was waiting on Ahanu again. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 Last week, 10 white-rumped sandpipers, two pectoral sandpipers, two whimbrels, two glossy ibises, and four field sparrows were also spotted. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Aug. 2019 In addition to the Avocet and buff-breasted sandpiper, there were reports of three American golden-plovers, two whimbrels, a Hudsonian godwit, a marbled godwit, and two red knots. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2019 There were three whimbrels and a western sandpiper among many other shorebirds. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2019 Birds at Race Point in Provincetown included 20 piping plovers, 2 whimbrels, 18 Wilson’s storm-petrels, 90 Cory’s shearwaters, and 4 Manx shearwaters. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of whimbrel

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whimbrel

origin unknown

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“Whimbrel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimbrel. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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