Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stone curlew. See under stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

From thick + knee (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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