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ˈbɪt ərnbit·tern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bittern(noun)

    relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bittern(noun)

    a wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species

  2. Bittern(adj)

    the brine which remains in salt works after the salt is concreted, having a bitter taste from the chloride of magnesium which it contains

  3. Bittern(adj)

    a very bitter compound of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., used by fraudulent brewers in adulterating beer


  1. Bittern

    Bitterns are a classification of birds in the heron family, Ardeidae, a family of wading birds. Species named bitterns tend to be the shorter-necked, often more secretive members of this family. They were called hæferblæte in Old English; the word "bittern" came to English from Old French butor, itself from Gallo-roman butitaurus, a portmanteau of Latin būtiō and taurus. Bitterns form a monophyletic subfamily in the heron family, the Botaurinae. Bitterns usually frequent reedbeds and similar marshy areas, and feed on amphibians, reptiles, insects, and fish. Unlike the similar storks, ibises and spoonbills, herons and bitterns fly with their necks retracted, not outstretched. The genus Ixobrychus contains mainly small species: ⁕Little Bittern, Ixobrychus minutus ⁕Australian Little Bittern, Ixobrychus dubius ⁕New Zealand Little Bittern, Ixobrychus novaezelandiae ⁕Cinnamon Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus ⁕Stripe-backed Bittern, Ixobrychus involucris ⁕Least Bittern, Ixobrychus exilis ⁕Yellow Bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis ⁕Schrenck's Bittern, Ixobrychus eurhythmus ⁕Dwarf Bittern, Ixobrychus sturmii ⁕Black Bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollis The genus Botaurus is the larger bitterns:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bittern

    bit′ėrn, n. a bird of the heron family, said to have been named from the resemblance of its voice to the lowing of a bull. [M. E. bittour—Fr.—Low L. butorius (bos, taurus).]

  2. Bittern

    bit′ėrn, n. an oily liquid remaining in salt-works after the crystallisation of the salt, and used in the manufacture of Epsom salts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bittern in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bittern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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