from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various widely distributed, chiefly nocturnal shorebirds of the family Burhinidae, found primarily in arid or semiarid regions and having large heads, large yellow eyes, and knobby leg joints.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bird of the family Œdicnemidæ; a thick-kneed plover, or stone-plover.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A stone curlew. See under stone.

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  • noun Several species of large terrestrial birds in the stone-curlew family Burhinidae.

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  • noun large-headed large-eyed crepuscular or nocturnal shorebird of the Old World and tropical America having a thickened knee joint


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From thick + knee


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  • Near here are two curious sorts of nests -- one the Norfolk plover, or, as he is called, thick-knee; the eggs are just laid on the sand, and are so much the same colours as the speckled stones around that you have to look hard to find them, and at a little distance they seem to vanish altogether.

    The Children's Book of London

  • The By Bill Fenimore Special to The TribuneUpdated: 03/16/2010 12: 24: 07 PM MDT Bewick's wren (Paul Higgins) Thryomanes bewickii The Bewick's wren is widespread in the West Asian desert warbler and the Eurasian thick-knee have been found in the Bab Al Shams desert recently. - Articles related to Facebook blamed for soaring sex diseases 2010


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