拟声词，模仿该鸟的叫声。或来自词根cur, 跑，词源同current, 因善跑而得名。
- curlew:  The name of the curlew was no doubt originally inspired by its haunting flutelike call, but it has been speculated that other forces have been at work too. The word was borrowed from Old French courlieu, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Old French courliu ‘messenger’ (a compound formed from courre ‘run’ and lieu ‘place’, from Latin locus), and it seems quite possible that the latter may have influenced the formation of the former.
- curlew (n.)
- mid-14c., from Old French courlieu (13c., Modern French courlis), said to be imitative of the bird's cry but apparently assimilated with corliu "runner, messenger," from corre "to run" (see current (adj.)). The bird is a good runner.
- 1. Old World sandpiper with a curved bill like a curlew.
- 2. New World curlew that breeds in northern North America.
- 3. He could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din.
- 4. He could hear the unearthly scream of some curlew piercing the din ( Henry Kingsley ).
- 他可以听到杓鹬穿透一片嘈杂之声的奇怪叫声( 亨利金斯利 )
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