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heron

[her-uh n] /ˈhɛr ən/
noun
1.
any of numerous long-legged, long-necked, usually long-billed birds of the family Ardeidae, including the true herons, egrets, night herons, and bitterns.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English heiro(u)n, hero(u)n < Middle French hairon (French héron) < Germanic; compare Old High German heigir

Heron

[heer-on] /ˈhɪər ɒn/
noun
1.
Hero (def 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for heron

Hero2

/ˈhɪərəʊ/
noun
1.
1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor

heron

/ˈhɛrən/
noun
1.
any of various wading birds of the genera Butorides, Ardea, etc, having a long neck, slim body, and a plumage that is commonly grey or white: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French hairon, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaro, Old Norse hegri

Heron

/ˈhɪərɒn/
noun
1.
same as Hero
2.
Patrick. 1920–99, British abstract painter and art critic
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Word Origin and History for heron
n.

c.1300, from Old French hairon (12c.), earlier hairo (11c., Modern French héron), from Frankish *haigiro or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *hraigran- (cf. Old High German heigaro "heron," German Reiher, Dutch reiger, Old Norse hegri), from PIE *qriq-, perhaps imitative of its cry (cf. Old Church Slavonic kriku "cry, scream," Lithuanian kryksti "to shriek"). Old English cognate hraga did not survive into Middle English.

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heron in the Bible

(Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18), ranked among the unclean birds. The Hebrew name is _'anaphah_, and indicates that the bird so named is remarkable for its angry disposition. "The herons are wading-birds, peculiarly irritable, remarkable for their voracity, frequenting marshes and oozy rivers, and spread over the regions of the East." The Ardea russeta, or little golden egret, is the commonest species in Asia.

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