curlew

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A curlew
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From Middle English curlew, from Old French courlieu (see French courlis), claimed to be imitative of the bird's cry but apparently assimilated with dialectal *corliu (runner, messenger), a variant of coureur (the bird is adept at running).

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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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Etymology[edit]

From Old French courlieu.

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  • IPA(key): /kurˈliu̯/, /ˈkurliu̯/

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curlew (plural curlewes)

  1. curlew
  2. quail

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