whim·​brel | \ ˈhwim-brəl How to pronounce whimbrel (audio) , ˈwim- \

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 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, "Bird sightings," 2 Sep. 2019 There were three whimbrels and a western sandpiper among many other shorebirds. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 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, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of whimbrel

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whimbrel

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“Whimbrel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimbrel?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=whimbr01. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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