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black-crowned night heron

[blak-kround] /ˈblækˌkraʊnd/
noun
1.
See under night heron.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism

night heron

noun
1.
any of several thick-billed, crepuscular or nocturnal herons of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, as N. nycticorax (black-crowned night heron) of the Old and New Worlds, and Nyctanassa violacea (yellow-crowned night heron) of America.
Origin
1775-85
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night heron

noun
1.
any nocturnal heron of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, having short legs and neck, a heavy body, and a short heavy bill
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