American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various widely distributed, chiefly nocturnal, curlewlike shore birds of the family Burhinidae, having large heads, large yellow eyes, and knobby leg joints.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Œdicnemidæ; a thick-kneed plover, or stone-plover. The common thickknee of European countries is Œdicnemus crepitans, also called
Norfolk ploverand by other names. See stone-plover, and cut under Œdicnemus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A stone curlew. See under stone.
- n. large-headed large-eyed crepuscular or nocturnal shorebird of the Old World and tropical America having a thickened knee joint
- From thick + knee (Wiktionary)
“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 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.”
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