What does heron mean?

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ˈhɪər ɒnher·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hero, Heron, Hero of Alexandrianoun

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

  2. heronnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. heronnoun

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

  2. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HERONnoun

    Etymology: heron, French.

    So lords, with sport of stag and heron full,
    Sometimes we see small birds from nests do pull. Philip Sidney.

    The heron, when she soareth high, sheweth winds. Francis Bacon.

    The tow’ring hawk let future poets sing,
    Who terror bears upon his soaring wing;
    Let them on high the frighted hern survey,
    And lofty numbers paint their airy fray. John Gay.

Wikipedia

  1. Heron

    The herons are long-legged, long-necked, freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 72 recognised species, some of which are referred to as egrets or bitterns rather than herons. Members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as bitterns, and, together with the zigzag heron, or zigzag bittern, in the monotypic genus Zebrilus, form a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. Egrets do not form a biologically distinct group from herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white or have decorative plumes in breeding plumage. Herons, by evolutionary adaptation, have long beaks. The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and no clear consensus exists about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationships of the genera in the family are not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family, the Cochlearidae or 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 reed beds. A group of them is called a "siege."

ChatGPT

  1. heron

    A heron is a large bird known for its long legs, neck, and distinct bill. They primarily eat fish and amphibians and are typically found in or around water bodies such as wetlands, rivers, ponds, or the ocean. This bird often stands with its neck retracted, unlike most long-necked birds. Herons are widely distributed across the world, except in the coldest regions and some islands. Varieties include the Great Blue Heron, Grey Heron, and Green Heron, among others. The term "heron" is also used in geometry to refer to "Heron's formula", which is used to calculate the area of a triangle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heronnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. hron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. hger, and also G. hher jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS. hrgra. Cf. Aigret, Egret.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heron

    her′un, n. a large screaming water-fowl, with long legs and neck.—n. Her′onry, a place where herons breed. [O. Fr. hairon—Old High Ger. heigir.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. heron

    A large bird of the genus Ardea, which feeds on fish.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HERON

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Heron is ranked #8407 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Heron surname appeared 3,934 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Heron.

    66.2% or 2,605 total occurrences were White.
    22.1% or 871 total occurrences were Black.
    7.3% or 288 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 81 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 63 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for heron »

  1. honer

  2. rhone

  3. Rhone

  4. Rhône

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heron in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of heron in a Sentence

  1. David Hone:

    They seem to be heron-like in their habits so they would be wading in shallow water and taking fish and other swimming things like small turtles and young crocodiles and doing the same on land going after baby dinosaurs and mammals, they would have been able to strike down hard and fast, just as herons do, so it would be a quick snap down on something relatively small.

  2. Cameron Heron:

    Carmen Heron, who is speaking out on behalf of her daughter, who is now legally deaf because of SJS, said.I get emotional even thinking about it. Im just so excited for her. She is still dealing with the aftermath of SJS now, and I do worry and think, Is this the life shes going to have ? But now, its not shell have a new life as a mum. For Heron, who was an apprentice chef at a top Sydney restaurant when she became ill, but can no longer work, life changed forever in early 2014, when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Right away, she was placed on two drugs commonly prescribed to help manage seizures levetiracetam, more commonly known as Keppra, and lamotrigine, sold under the brand name Lamictal. It took three weeks in the hospital before her condition started improving, although she still deals with lasting hearing loss and PTSD from the ordeal. ( PA Real Life) While serious side effects are extremely rare, both drugs carry the risk of triggering a severe cutaneous adverse reaction - such as SJS according to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( NICE). At first, Heron appeared to be responding well to medication, until a pinprick-like rash appeared in May. I knew right away that it was an allergic reaction, and so I took her to the doctor and asked them to change the medication she was on.

  3. Robert Haas:

    [Heron] had a massive dissection of the main coronary artery.

  4. Cameron Heron:

    It was horrendous to watch. She was throwing up all this blood and skin. I really thought she was going to die. While doctors managed to stabilize Heron, the condition continued to ravage her body, leaving the skin on her face, chest, back, and arms so burnt that it fell away. Her lips also swelled to the point where they burst and her mouth became covered in painful ulcers. Doctors told us it was one of the worst cases they had ever seen, Carmen Heron said. Danika was barely conscious most of the time, and had this button to press to get pain relief when it became too much. Her organs were failing and she had so much internal scarring. She was being burnt from the inside out. Her entire body was bandaged, and when the dressings were removed, her skin came away too. Finally, after three weeks, Heron slowly began to rally and was discharged six days later. But, her journey was far from over, as she was left with side-effects such as the loss of her hair and nails. Her skin is still healing to this day and she also needs hearing aids as the insides of her ears are so scarred. As well as the physical fallout, she is also fighting the emotional legacy of SJS, having suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Were still dealing with SJS - it didnt stop when we left hospital, Carmen Heron said. Danika will have days where she feels incredibly low and struggles with flashbacks of being in hospital. Thankfully, if she feels that way, she will phone us right away. We have found that, as a family, its good to talk rather than bottle everything up, however difficult those memories might be. Another side-effect of Heronsordeal was the warning by doctors that, due to the amount of internal scarring she had sustained, it was unlikely she would ever conceive. According to the U.S. Library of National Medicine, SJS and TEN often cause the tissue around the mucous membranes which line various cavities in the body, including the eyes, ears, mouth, vagina, and urethra, as well as covering the organs to die. As a result, women can experience vaginal lesions that lead to painful intercourse, difficulty conceiving, and even infertility. The doctors said they could refer her to a gynecologist to run some tests, but she never went I think she didnt want to hear the answers, Carmen Heron said. But, in December 2018, the Heron family received some news they thought they would never hear. Danika rang me crying. I immediately panicked and said, Whats wrong ?

  5. Joel Dunn:

    It has become this really amazing mecca for wildlife, you've got these osprey nests on the front of the boats, and heron rookeries, bats breeding in the hull of the ships -- it's a really rich wildlife and historical location.

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