Definition of heron in English:

heron

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛr(ə)n
 
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noun

A large fish-eating wading bird with long legs, a long S-shaped neck, and a long pointed bill.
  • Family Ardeidae (the heron family): several genera and numerous species, e.g. the Old World grey heron (Ardea cinerea). The heron family also includes the bitterns and egrets
More example sentences
  • The Cattle Egret is a small heron, usually found near grazing mammals.
  • Unlike most herons, the Green Heron does not typically nest in large colonies.
  • It was one of the trees that often allowed a heron or egret a perch during the summer, but they were all gone now.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, of Germanic origin.

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