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thick-knee

[thik-nee] /ˈθɪkˌni/
noun
1.
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
1810-1820
1810-20
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British Dictionary definitions for thickknee

thick-knee

noun
1.
another name for stone curlew
Word Origin
C19: so called because it has thick knee joints
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Encyclopedia Article for thickknee

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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