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blue heron

noun
1.
any of the American varieties of heron with bluish or bluish-gray plumage, as the great blue heron.
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  • I have also caught them preparing and eating sea gulls, terns, blue heron, egret and even the bittern.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • He laughed softly; and just then the blue heron came back to the Perdu.

    Earth's Enigmas Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The river became broad and sluggish, and we saw a blue heron winging its way slowly down the stream before us.

    Canoeing in the wilderness Henry David Thoreau
  • The extraordinary antics of the blue heron caught their eyes.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A fourth blue heron appears, and drops into the grass out of sight.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • In fact, he had no idea that any such creature as a blue heron existed.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • Their nesting habits and eggs are very similar to those of the blue heron.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Who ever saw a blue heron with his jewel eye dimmed or his natural force abated?

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • "Not for you," went on the blue heron, and he snapped his beak again, just like two knives being sharpened.

    Sammie and Susie Littletail Howard R. Garis

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