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|Noun||1.||family Ardeidae - herons; egrets; night herons; bitterns|
bird family - a family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Ciconiiformes, order Ciconiiformes - order of chiefly tropical marsh-dwelling fish-eating wading birds with long legs and bills and (except for flamingos) unwebbed feet: herons; storks; spoonbills; flamingos; ibises
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
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