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Heron

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CIDE DICTIONARY

Heronn. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. héron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. häger, and also G. häher jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS. hr. Cf. Aigret, Egret.].
     Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidæ. The herons have a long, sharp bill, and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea) is remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.  [1913 Webster]
    " There are several common American species; as, the great blue heron (Ardea herodias); the little blue (Ardea cœrulea); the green (Ardea virescens); the snowy (Ardea candidissima); the night heron or qua-bird (Nycticorax nycticorax). The plumed herons are called egrets."  [1913 Webster]
Heron's bill (Bot.), a plant of the genus Erodium; -- so called from the fancied resemblance of the fruit to the head and beak of the heron.

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Heron, n. any of various large wading birds of the family Ardeidae, esp. Ardea cinerea, with long legs and a long S-shaped neck.

Derivative
heronry n. (pl. -ies).
Etymology
ME f. OF hairon f. Gmc

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