Definition of curlew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɜːljuː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɜːrljuː//
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a bird with a long thin beak that curves downwards, that lives near water See related entries: Birds Word Origin Middle English: from Old French courlieu, alteration (by association with courliu ‘courier’, from courre ‘run’ + lieu ‘place’) of imitative courlis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: curlew