curlewnoun [ C ]uk /ˈkɜː.ljuː/ us /ˈkɝː.ljuː/
Examples from literature
- A curlew flew past me, borne out of the darkness, and its cry made me feel sad and shiver.
- Are the curlew calling?
- Large flocks of Spanish curlews, one of the best-flavoured birds that fly, were hovering about, and lighting on it on all sides.
- Nothing could be seen except four or five large curlew, which, with their loud screaming, were wheeling over my head, and now and then alighting upon the prairie.
- The small birds of the plains and the curlew are still abundant: we saw but could not come within gunshot of a large bear.