Up to that moment, "The curlew" had not been taken; but perhaps that shot had struck down her sails.
Then silence again, save for the long-drawn wail of a curlew.
No, it must be the curlew, but at least he would be going home.
At that instant the curlew shot over her head with its deep, mournful cry.
"The Pelican and the curlew are outfitted for that kind of work," she stated.
"The curlew" dashed forward, rising and falling with the swells.
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 was at once set; and "The curlew" started on in the wake of the shower.
It would be foolhardy to take a boat like the curlew out in such a storm.
It ain't as if 'The curlew' was loaded down, and lay low in the water.
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.