Numenius arquatus
Curlew Cur"lew (k[^u]r"l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo["o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender, curved bill. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common European curlew is {Numenius arquatus}. The long-billed ({Numenius longirostris}), the Hudsonian ({Numenius Hudsonicus}), and the Eskimo curlew ({Numenius borealis}, are American species. The name is said to imitate the note of the European species. [1913 Webster]

{Curlew Jack} (Zo["o]l.) the whimbrel or lesser curlew.

{Curlew sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), a sandpiper ({Tringa ferruginea} or {Tringa subarquata}), common in Europe, rare in America, resembling a curlew in having a long, curved bill. See Illustation in Appendix. [1913 Webster]


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  • Numenius borealis — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Numenius Hudsonicus — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Numenius longirostris — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Голенастые — (Grallatores) отряд птиц, очень разнообразных по внешнему виду, отличающихся более или менее длинными и тонкими бродными ногами (см.) (лишь редко нижняя часть голени оперена), живущих по берегам рек, озер и морей, на болотах и редко в полях.… …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • Eierkunde — Die laufenden Nummern beziehen sich auf die entsprechenden Nummern der Tafeln I und II. Die in der zweiten Reihe aufgegebenen Namen bezeichnen die Artikel, welche die betreffende Beschreibung enthalten. Tafel I. Zum Artikel 1 Eisvogel (Alcedo… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Curlew — Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender, curved bill …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curlew Jack — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curlew sandpiper — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tringa ferruginea — Curlew Cur lew (k[^u]r l[=u]), n. [F. courlieu, corlieu, courlis; perh. of imitative origin, but cf. OF. corlieus courier; L. currere to run + levis light.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Numenius}, remarkable for its long, slender,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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