Meaning of curlew

cur•lew

Pronunciation: (kûr'l), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having a long, slender, downcurved bill, as the common N. arquata, of Europe.
  2. any of various similar birds.
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