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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.
  2. (Australia) A stone curlew.
    • 1902, Barbara Baynton, edited by Sally Krimmer and Alan Lawson, Bush Studies (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 16:
      That quivering wail from the billabong lying murkily mystic towards the East was only the cry of the fearing curlew.

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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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  • English: curlew

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