whimbrel

noun
whim·brel | \ˈhwim-brəl, ˈwim-\

Definition of whimbrel 

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

First Known Use of whimbrel

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whimbrel

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