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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Note:  The  common  European  curlew  is  {N.  arquatus}.  The 
  long-billed  ({N.  longirostris}),  the  Hudsonian  ({N. 
  Hudsonicus}),  and  the  Eskimo  curlew  ({N.  borealis},  are 
  American  species.  The  name  is  said  to  imitate  the  note 
  of  the  European  species. 
 
  {Curlew  Jack}  (Zo["o]l.)  the  whimbrel  or  lesser  curlew. 
 
  {Curlew  sandpiper}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  sandpiper  ({Tringa 
  ferruginea,  or  subarquata}),  common  in  Europe,  rare  in 
  America,  resembling  a  curlew  in  having  a  long,  curved 
  bill.  See  Illustation  in  Appendix. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  curlew 
  n  :  large  migratory  shorebirds  of  the  sandpiper  family;  closely 
  related  to  woodcocks  but  having  a  down-curved  bill 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Curlew,  IA  (city,  FIPS  17895) 
  Location:  42.97947  N,  94.73721  W 
  Population  (1990):  56  (41  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  50527 
  Curlew,  WA 
  Zip  code(s):  99118 




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