Meaning of whimbrel in English:

whimbrel

noun

  • A small migratory curlew of northern Eurasia and northern Canada, with a striped crown and a trilling call.

    Numenius phaeopus, family Scolopacidae

    • ‘There were 29 Hudsonian godwits, several whimbrels, 2 dunlins, greater shearwaters and black tern.’
    • ‘Other prominent shorebirds are the whimbrels and godwits.’
    • ‘Spotted redshank share their forest-marsh nesting grounds with wood sandpipers, greenshank, whimbrel, jack snipe and broad-billed sandpipers.’
    • ‘This probably explains the names of the chough, crake, hoopoe, kittiwake, pipit, shrike, twite and whimbrel.’
    • ‘When I came in April, the whimbrel, a summer migrant, had arrived to join the resident curlews, redshanks and oystercatchers.’
    • ‘Assistant site manager at the English Nature reserve Craig Ralston said: ‘Although whimbrels seem to be increasing in numbers over recent years, they are still very uncommon birds.’’

Origin

Mid 16th century from whimper or synonymous dialect whimp(imitative of the bird's call) + -rel.

Pronunciation

whimbrel

/ˈwɪmbr(ə)l/