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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
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collective noun sedge or siege
Translations
bukač
botaŭro
kaulushaikaranokihaikarapikkuhaikara
bölömbika
bukač

bittern

[ˈbɪtɜːn] Navetoro m (común)

bittern

nRohrdommel f

bittern

[ˈbɪtɜːn] ntarabuso
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Not to mention the raptors, shorebirds, passerines, woodpeckers, geese, stilts, phalaropes, yellow-headed blackbirds, American bitterns, redheads and other migrant songbirds you can gaze at through telescopes - or observe with just your naked eyes.
At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, look for American bitterns, green-winged teal or river otters on a wetland interpretive walk or listen for owls on a moonlit night hike.
In Iowa, for example, American Bitterns (Botaurus lentiginosus) and Soras (Porzana Carolina) arrive and initiate breeding in mid-to late April (Kent and Dinsmore 1996), whereas Least Bitterns (Ixobrychus exilis) arrive in mid-May and initiate breeding in late May or early June (Weller 1961).
The survey work will focus on species such as Virginia and Sora rails, least and American bitterns, and marsh wren.

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