Meaning of bristle-thighed curlew

bris'tle-thighed cur'lew

Pronunciation: (bris'ul-thīd"), [key]
  1. an Alaskan curlew, Numenius tahitiensis, that winters in Polynesia, having bristlelike feathers on its thighs.
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