Definition of whimbrel in English:

whimbrel

Syllabification: whim·brel
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wimbrəl
 
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noun

A small migratory curlew of northern Eurasia and northern Canada, with a striped crown and a trilling call.
  • Numenius phaeopus, family Scolopacidae
More example sentences
  • There were 29 Hudsonian godwits, several whimbrels, 2 dunlins, greater shearwaters and black tern.
  • Other prominent shorebirds are the whimbrels and godwits.
  • Spotted redshank share their forest-marsh nesting grounds with wood sandpipers, greenshank, whimbrel, jack snipe and broad-billed sandpipers.

Origin

mid 16th century: from whimper or synonymous dialect whimp (imitative of the bird's call) + -rel.

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