Up to that moment, "The curlew" had not been taken; but perhaps that shot had struck down her sails.
At that instant the curlew shot over her head with its deep, mournful cry.
No, it must be the curlew, but at least he would be going home.
"The curlew" dashed forward, rising and falling with the swells.
"The Pelican and the curlew are outfitted for that kind of work," she stated.
It was at once set; and "The curlew" started on in the wake of the shower.
Now 'twas full and strong, and now 'twas so eerie and wild that it was more like a curlew's note than any human thing.
It ain't as if 'The curlew' was loaded down, and lay low in the water.
It would be foolhardy to take a boat like the curlew out in such a storm.
Then silence again, save for the long-drawn wail of a curlew.
mid-14c., from Old French courlieu (13c., Modern French courlis), said to be imitative of the bird's cry but apparently assimilated with corliu "runner, messenger," from corre "to run" (see current (adj.)). The bird is a good runner.