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Poor Joe

noun, Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas.
a heron.
Origin of Poor Joe
1730-40, Americanism; probably < a West African source; compare Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) podžo heron Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He feels that he is the "Poor Joe" of the Army—under perpetual orders to "move on."

  • A miserable little white crane called "Poor Joe" is common, and has the same habit.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot

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