- a heron.
Origin of hernshaw
1555–65; variant of dial. heronsew, Middle English < Middle French heronceau, heroncel, diminutive of heron heron
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Examples from the Web for hernshaw
Miss Hernshaw didn't seek to fathom the mystery of his closing words.
Miss Hernshaw caught her breath, as if she were going to speak, but she did not say anything.
Presently he got up a little brusquely, and said, "I'm going to Hernshaw."
But they have an uneasy feeling that he knows a hawk from a hernshaw when the wind is southerly.The Cradle of Mankind
The last word should be hernshaw, the old name for the heron.The Ornithology of Shakespeare
James Edmund Harting