1. large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper family; closely related to woodcocks but having a down-curved bill;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.] (Zool.)
A wading bird of the genus Numenius, remarkable for its
long, slender, curved bill.
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.
Curlew Jack (Zool.) the whimbrel or lesser curlew.
Curlew sandpiper (Zool.), 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large migratory shorebirds of the sandpiper family; closely
related to woodcocks but having a down-curved bill
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Curlew, IA -- U.S. city in Iowa
Population (2000): 62
Housing Units (2000): 36
Land area (2000): 0.758220 sq. miles (1.963780 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.758220 sq. miles (1.963780 sq. km)
FIPS code: 17895
Located within: Iowa (IA), FIPS 19
Location: 42.980293 N, 94.737480 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 50527
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.