great blue heron


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great blue heron

n.
A large heron (Ardea herodias) of North and Central America, having blue-gray plumage and a predominantly white head with a dark crest.

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n.
a large North American heron, Ardea herodias, having bluish gray plumage.
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Noun1.great blue heron - large American heron having bluish-grey plumagegreat blue heron - large American heron having bluish-grey plumage
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
Ardea, genus Ardea - type genus of the Ardeidae: large New and Old World herons
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