Definition of “curlew” - English Dictionary

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“curlew” in British English

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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. 

(Definition of “curlew” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)