[Fr.] A sea-bird which neither swims nor dives, and leaves the shore in summer for the inland country, where it nests and rears its young. In the autumn and winter months flocks of curlews may be seen at the sea-shore feeding on small crabs, shrimps, and worms. The curlew is about two feet in length, and when its wings are spread out they measure three feet from tip to tip. It makes its nest on the ground among dry grass, and lays in it four greenish eggs spotted with brown. It is easily tamed, and is common in Europe, North America, and some parts of Asia.