Meaning of curlew in English:

curlew

Pronunciation /ˈkəːl(j)uː/

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nouncurlew, curlews

  • A large wading bird of the sandpiper family, with a long downcurved bill, brown streaked plumage, and frequently a distinctive ascending two-note call.

    See also stone curlew

    Genus Numenius, family Scolopacidae: several species, in particular N. arquata of Eurasia

    ‘In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.’
    • ‘Other migratory birds observed in the shallow waters were bar headed geese, open bill storks, northern pintails, gadwalls, curlews, black tailed godwits, spoonbills, green shanks, red shanks and so on.’
    • ‘So why cannot hen harriers, sparrowhawks and goshawks be controlled to protect lapwings, curlews, golden plovers and, yes, pheasants and grouse?’
    • ‘The moorland blaze has come at a bad time for ground-nesting birds such as golden plovers, curlews, lapwings and merlins, a rare bird of prey.’
    • ‘When I came in April, the whimbrel, a summer migrant, had arrived to join the resident curlews, redshanks and oystercatchers.’
    • ‘The waders, curlews, plovers and lapwing were there long before the hedgehogs were introduced.’
    • ‘The large numbers of birds in the area, including nationally important numbers of golden plover, curlew, dunlin, merlin and twite, make it a Site of Special Scientific Interest.’
    • ‘It is the home of the lapwing, curlew, golden plover, dunlin and red grouse.’
    • ‘At first glance the drained muds of the Blyth estuary were dotted with shelduck, redshank, curlew, wigeon, pintail and black headed gulls.’
    • ‘It is similar in size, shape, and color to the Marbled Godwit, but the curlew's decurved bill distinguishes it from the upturned bill of the Marbled Godwit.’
    • ‘He has 120 breeding pairs of waders on his land, including lapwings, curlews and redshanks.’
    • ‘A giant among waders, the curlew is unmistakable with long bill and legs.’
    • ‘Rare bird species, including wading birds such as the curlew, lapwing and snipe, would also be reintroduced to the site under the plans.’
    • ‘Other wildlife to be seen at the reserve includes a number of notable bird species such as golden plover, curlew and greenshank.’
    • ‘The Peak District provides some of the last remaining habitats for golden plover, lapwing, curlew and twite.’
    • ‘‘We call this lazy birding,’ says Clarke, pointing out the thousands of brown and white pelicans, the curlews, godwits, and avocets around us.’
    • ‘He insists this perception is wrong and that the main threat to curlews and plovers comes not from buzzards but habitat loss.’
    • ‘This quirk of avian physiology turned out to be the key to explaining some odd behavior of the eastern curlew, a shorebird that vacations in Australia before taking off to breed in Siberia.’
    • ‘Conservationists are now hoping for fine weather this year to give the tiny chicks of birds such as lapwing, curlew, redshank and snipe a chance of survival.’
    • ‘The shocking results from the county are that no breeding pairs of curlew, lapwing, redshank, snipe or oystercatcher were recorded on the sites surveyed.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French courlieu, alteration (by association with courliu ‘courier’, from courre ‘run’ + lieu ‘place’) of imitative courlis.