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purple heron

noun
1.
an Old World heron, Ardea purpurea, having maroon, buff, and black plumage.
Origin of purple heron
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • The purple heron (Ardea purpurea) has the same habits as the one just spoken of, but it is a little smaller.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

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