pl. -·lews· or -·lew·
any of a genus (Numenius, family Scolopacidae) of large, brownish shorebirds with long legs and a long, down-curved bill
Origin of curlewMiddle English curleu ; from Old French corlieu, of echoic origin, originally , but influenced, influence by associated, association with corlieu, messenger, courier
Any of several brownish, long-legged shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having long, slender, downward-curving bills.
Origin of curlewMiddle English curleu, from Old French courlieu, perhaps of imitative origin.
From Old French courlieu (French courlis).