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 One year after trapping the visiting whimbrel, Winn was waiting on Ahanu again. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 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, "Bird sightings across the region," 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, "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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimbrel. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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