thick knee

thick-knee

[thik-nee]
noun
any of several crepuscular or nocturnal wading birds of the family Burhinidae, of the Old World and tropical America, having a thickened joint between the femoral and tibiotarsal bones.
Also called stone curlew.


Origin:
1810–20

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thick-knee
 
n
another name for stone curlew
 
[C19: so called because it has thick knee joints]

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