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Any of various wading birds of the family Ardeidae, having a long neck, long legs, a long pointed bill, and usually white, gray, or bluish-gray plumage.

[Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]
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(Animals) any of various wading birds of the genera Butorides, Ardea, etc, having a long neck, slim body, and a plumage that is commonly grey or white: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes
[C14: from Old French hairon, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaro, Old Norse hegri]


1. (Biography) same as Hero1
2. (Biography) Patrick. 1920–99, British abstract painter and art critic
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(ˈhɛr ən)

any of various long-legged, long-necked wading birds of the family Ardeidae, usu. having a spearlike bill.
[1275–1325; Middle English hero(u)n < Middle French hairon < Germanic; compare Old High German heigir]


(ˈhɪər ɒn)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heron - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)Heron - Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
2.heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
Ardeidae, family Ardeidae - herons; egrets; night herons; bitterns
Ardea herodius, great blue heron - large American heron having bluish-grey plumage
Ardea occidentalis, great white heron - large white heron of Florida and the Florida Keys
egret - any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season
Egretta caerulea, little blue heron - small bluish-grey heron of the western hemisphere
night heron, night raven - nocturnal or crepuscular herons
boatbill, boat-billed heron, broadbill, Cochlearius cochlearius - tropical American heron related to night herons
bittern - relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes
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Related words
collective noun sedge or siege
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طائِر مالِك الحَزينمَالِكُ الـحَزِّينُ
백로과의 새
con diệc


[ˈherən] Ngarza f real
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[ˈhɛrən] nhéron mhero-worship [ˌhɪərəʊˈwɜːrʃɪp] vtadulerhero worship hero-worship nculte m (du héros)
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nReiher m
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[ˈhɛrən] nairone m
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(ˈherən) noun
a type of large water-bird, with long legs and a long neck.
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مَالِكُ الـحَزِّينُ volavka hejre Reiher ερωδιός garza haikara héron čaplja airone サギ 백로과의 새 reiger hegre czapla garça-real цапля häger นกกระสา balıkçıl kuşu con diệc
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References in classic literature ?
Jupiter, displeased with all their complaints, sent a Heron, who preyed upon the Frogs day by day till there were none left to croak upon the lake.
These just hatched molluscs, though aquatic in their nature, survived on the duck's feet, in damp air, from twelve to twenty hours; and in this length of time a duck or heron might fly at least six or seven hundred miles, and would be sure to alight on a pool or rivulet, if blown across sea to an oceanic island or to any other distant point.
You wore a close ruff, a small cap upon your head of the same color as your robe, and in that cap a heron's feather.
The sole effect of her presence upon the placid valley so far had been to excite the mind of a solitary heron, which, after descending to the ground not far from her path, stood with neck erect, looking at her.
As the heron looketh contemptuously at shallow pools, with backward-bent head, so do I look at the throng of grey little waves and wills and souls.
The tree of grief is planted over their tomb; don't go to it; the king is going that way; the heron has fallen just there."
HERON FOSTER, editor of a Pittsburgh journal, and a most estimable gentleman.
I am excessively fond of music, but without the smallest skill or right of judging of any body's performance.I have been used to hear her's admired; and I remember one proof of her being thought to play well:a man, a very musical man, and in love with another womanengaged to heron the point of marriage would yet never ask that other woman to sit down to the instrument, if the lady in question could sit down insteadnever seemed to like to hear one if he could hear the other.
So that, Sancho, it will not do for us to uncover ourselves, for he who has us in charge will be responsible for us; and perhaps we are gaining an altitude and mounting up to enable us to descend at one swoop on the kingdom of Kandy, as the saker or falcon does on the heron, so as to seize it however high it may soar; and though it seems to us not half an hour since we left the garden, believe me we must have travelled a great distance."
Yet Twala has learnt his lesson; the hawk did not think to find the heron ready; but our beak has pierced his breast; he fears to strike at us again.
"Monsieur, if you are a robber, as I hope you are, you produce upon me the effect of a heron attacking a nutshell.
Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges.