blackcrowned night heron

black-crowned night heron

[blak-kround]
noun
See under night heron.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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night heron

noun
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
 
n
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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