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curlew

[kur-loo] /ˈkɜr lu/
noun
1.
any of several shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having a long, slender, downcurved bill, as the common N. arquata, of Europe.
2.
any of various similar birds.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French curleu, cognate with Middle French corleu; perhaps imitative
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  • There is one lizard and two waders, namely, a snipe and curlew.
  • curlew density was negatively correlated with height and vertical density of vegetation.
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curlew

/ˈkɜːljuː/
noun
1.
any large shore bird of the genus Numenius, such as N. arquata of Europe and Asia: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes. They have a long downward-curving bill and occur in northern and arctic regions Compare stone curlew
Word Origin
C14: from Old French corlieu, perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for curlew
n.

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.

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