stone curlew

stone curlew

noun

Origin:
1670–80

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stone curlew
 
n
Also called: thick-knee any of several brownish shore birds of the family Burhinidae, esp Burhinus oedicnemus, having a large head and eyes: order Charadriiformes
 
[C17: so called because it is found in stony habitats and resembles a curlew]

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stone curlew

any of numerous shorebirds that constitute the family Burhinidae (order Charadriiformes). The bird is named for the thickened intertarsal joint of its long, yellowish or greenish legs; or, alternatively, for its size (about that of a curlew, 35 to 50 centimetres, or 14 to 20 inches) and cryptic brown plumage, together with its preference for stony wastelands.

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