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bit·tern 1

 (bĭt′ərn)
n.
Any of several wading birds of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus, having mottled brownish plumage and, in most species, a deep booming cry in the male.

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by tern) of Middle English bitour, from Old French butor, possibly from Vulgar Latin *buti-taurus : Latin būtiō, buzzard + Latin taurus, bull (after its cry); see tauro- in Indo-European roots.]

bit·tern 2

 (bĭt′ərn)
n.
The bitter water solution of bromides, magnesium, and calcium salts remaining after sodium chloride is crystallized out of seawater.

[From bitter.]

bittern

(ˈbɪtən)
n
(Animals) any wading bird of the genera Ixobrychus and Botaurus, related and similar to the herons but with shorter legs and neck, a stouter body, and a booming call: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes
[C14: from Old French butor, perhaps from Latin būtiō bittern + taurus bull; referring to its cry]

bittern

(ˈbɪtən)
n
(Chemistry) the bitter liquid remaining after common salt has been crystallized out of sea water: a source of magnesium, bromine, and iodine compounds
[C17: variant of bittering]

bit•tern1

(ˈbɪt ərn)

n.
any of several brown-and-buff wading birds of the heron family, inhabiting reedy marshes in both the Old and New Worlds.
[1510–20; earlier bitter, bittor, Middle English bito(u)r < Anglo-French bytore, Anglo-French, Old French butor < Vulgar Latin *būtitaurus]

bit•tern2

(ˈbɪt ərn)

n.
a bitter solution remaining in saltmaking after the salt has crystallized out of seawater or brine, used as a source of bromides, iodides, and certain other salts.
[1675–85; variant of bittering]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bittern - relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming crybittern - relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
Ixobrychus exilis, least bittern - small American bittern

bittern

noun
Related words
collective noun sedge or siege
Translations
bukač
botaŭro
kaulushaikaranokihaikarapikkuhaikara
bölömbika
bukač

bittern

[ˈbɪtɜːn] Navetoro m (común)

bittern

nRohrdommel f

bittern

[ˈbɪtɜːn] ntarabuso
References in classic literature ?
Yes, I should not be surprised to learn that what we have heard is the cry of the last of the bitterns.
It is in this way that small knots of trappers and hunters are distributed about the wilderness by the fur companies, and like cranes and bitterns, haunt its solitary streams.
When they went once more into the long hall with the windows and the mirrors, yellow evening was dropping over the waters and the willowy banks; and a bittern sounded in the distance like an elf upon his dwarfish drum.
The sunset gold still glowed on the lawn, and the bittern still boomed as announcing some small but dreadful destiny.
It was a common sound in those parts--as common as the chatter of the jays and the booming of the bittern.
We need the tonic of wildness -- to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.
Fox and woodchuck, hawk and snipe and bittern, when nearly seen, have no more root in the deep world than man, and are just such superficial tenants of the globe.
Other bitterns were seen at East Chevington reserve at Druridge Bay and St Mary's wetland.
GROWING numbers of bitterns in Wales are contributing to record population figures for the wetland bird, once extinct in the UK.
COM) BITTERNS, those rare herons with a deep booming call, are consolidating their presence in North Wales.
These titles will be followed by novels such as Steve Burrows' A Siege Of Bitterns, A Pitying Of Doves and A Cast Of Falcons.
It also means that presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games are unlikely to run out of things to talk about between now and June 11, as Minsmere's dunes, grasslands and shingle beaches become home to rare birds, including marsh harriers, avocets, and bitterns.