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great white heron

noun
1.
a large white heron, Ardea occidentalis, of Florida and the Florida Keys.
2.
a large white egret, Casmerodius albus, of southeastern Europe, tropical Africa, Asia, New Zealand, and America.
Origin of great white heron
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • From the grass above came the sleepy cry of marsh hens, and once a great white heron rose like a ghost across their path.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • We understood them that the great white heron was their guardian spirit and would be ours.

    1492 Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for great white heron

great white heron

noun
1.
a large white heron, Ardea occidentalis, of S North America
2.
a widely distributed white egret, Egretta (or Casmerodius) albus
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