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blue crane

noun
1.
the great blue heron.
Origin of blue crane
1775-1785
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85
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  • Another has a blue crane, belonging to the order Grus cinerea, standing erect on its stilts, showing fight.

  • Among the game-birds may be included the blue crane, which flies in bands of from ten to twenty, high in the air.

    Two Years in Oregon

    Wallis Nash
  • It is described as resembling a blue crane, and may possibly have been the Floridus cerulea, or little blue heron.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • He wore a headdress of monkey skins, above which waved a tuft of plumes from the tail of the blue crane.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford

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