curlew

[kur-loo]
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:
1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French curleu, cognate with Middle French corleu; perhaps imitative

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curlew (ˈkɜːljuː)
 
n
Compare stone curlew 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
 
[C14: from Old French corlieu, perhaps of imitative origin]

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curlew
mid-14c., from O.Fr. courlieus (13c.), 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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Example sentences
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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