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[her-uh n-ree] /ˈhɛr ən ri/
noun, plural heronries.
a place where a colony of herons breeds.
Origin of heronry
1610-20; heron + -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • My father brought them from a heronry not many miles from the great Okeechobee Lake.

  • After this the pair re-entered the gig, and drove back toward the heronry.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • It was nearly eleven o'clock, and all the inmates of the heronry were in bed or going to it.

    Hester, Volume 3 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • There is a heronry in the wood, and pigeons build in the larches.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The open air seemed doubly sweet and fresh, after the fishy smell of the heronry.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Selous had shortly before raided the heronry on the island at Coombe Abbey.

  • The heronry is probably very old, as in 1834 it was described as ‘long established and very populous.’

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • From the moment it came into her hands, she made, everybody thought, a toy of the heronry.

    Hester, Volume 1 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Even the little adventure with the stranger at the heronry enhanced this.

    Hester, Volume 1 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Heron-hawking requires an open country, with a heronry in the neighborhood.

British Dictionary definitions for heronry


noun (pl) -ries
a colony of breeding herons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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