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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

her•onˈhɛr ən(n.)

  1. any of various long-legged, long-necked wading birds of the family Ardeidae, usu. having a spearlike bill.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of heron:

1275–1325; ME hero(u)n < MF hairon < Gmc; cf. OHG heigir

He•ronˈhɪər ɒn(n.)

  1. Category: Biography

    Ref: Hero (def. 2). 2 2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hero, Heron, Hero of Alexandria(noun)

    Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

  2. heron(noun)

    grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. heron(noun)ˈhɪər ɒn

    a water bird with long legs and a long neck

Wiktionary

  1. heron(Noun)

    A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of the family Ardeidae.

  2. Origin: From heroun, heiron, from heiron, from (compare Middle Dutch heiger), from haigrô (compare häger), metathesis of (compare hragra, Dutch reiger, German Reiher), from (s)kreik- (compare crëyr, Ancient Greek κρίζω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heron(noun)

    any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidae. 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

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  1. Heron

    The herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognised species. Within Ardeidae, all members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as "bitterns", and — including the Zigzag Heron or Zigzag Bittern — are a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. However, egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white and/or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as herons, they tend to be smaller. The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the Boat-billed Heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae. Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises, spoonbills and cranes, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down. Some members of this group nest colonially in trees, while others, notably the bitterns, use reedbeds.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

heron(noun)

a type of large water-bird, with long legs and a long neck.

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