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Webster 1913 Edition


Curlew

Cur′lew

(kûr′lū)
,
Noun.
[F.
courlieu
,
corlieu
,
courlis
; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF.
corlieus
courier; L.
currere
to run +
levis
light.]
(Zool.)
A wading bird of the genus
Numenius
, remarkable for its long, slender, curved bill.
☞ The common European curlew is
Numenius arquatus
. The long-billed (
Numenius longirostris
), the Hudsonian (
Numenius Hudsonicus
), and the Eskimo curlew (
Numenius borealis
, are American species. The name is said to imitate the note of the European species.
Curlew Jack
(Zool.)
the whimbrel or lesser curlew.
Curlew sandpiper
(Zool.)
,
a sandpiper (
Tringa ferruginea
or
Tringa subarquata
), common in Europe, rare in America, resembling a curlew in having a long, curved bill. See Illustation in Appendix.

Webster 1828 Edition


Curlew

CURLEW

,
Noun.
1.
An aquatic fowl of the genus Scolopax and the grallic order. It has a long bill; its color is diversified with ash and black; and the largest species spread more than three feet of wing. It frequents the sea shore in winter, and in summer, retires to the mountains.
2.
A fowl, larger than a partridge, with longer legs, which frequents the corn-fields in Spain.

Definition 2022


curlew

curlew

English

A curlew

Noun

curlew (plural curlews)

  1. Any of several migratory wading birds in the genus Numenius of the family Scolopacidae, remarkable for their long, slender, downcurved bills.

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