- any of numerous long-legged, long-necked, usually long-billed birds of the family Ardeidae, including the true herons, egrets, night herons, and bitterns.
Origin of heron
Examples from the Web for heron
Contemporary Examples of heron
The Night Heron was the first adventure Wanderlust opened up to an audience larger than a pre-set guest list.
“All those people who went to the Night Heron, now they look up and think about rooftops differently,” says Benedetto.
The Night Heron is the event most have heard of, but there are a handful more that have passed under the radar.
An earlier version of the bird was called the Heron, the latest version is known as the Eitan.Israel's Secret Iran Attack Plan: Electronic Warfare
November 16, 2011
Later in the spring, she and Elisabeth saw another kind of heron, an American bittern, skulking in some grass by a swamp.One Year to Live
April 12, 2009
Historical Examples of heron
Madam,—The letter you wrote me to Heron's carried its own answer.The Letters of Robert Burns
The Heron of Louisiana is not in the least different from that of Europe.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Lazy and indifferent the heron returns; the sky veils her stars; then bares them.Monday or Tuesday
I heard at the station that a lady and gentleman had gone to the Hawk and Heron.
"Yes, sergeant—Drayton, of the Hawk and Heron," said the porter.
- any of various wading birds of the genera Butorides, Ardea, etc, having a long neck, slim body, and a plumage that is commonly grey or white: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes
Word Origin for heron
- same as Hero
- Patrick. 1920–99, British abstract painter and art critic
Word Origin and History for heron
c.1300, from Old French hairon (12c.), earlier hairo (11c., Modern French héron), from Frankish *haigiro or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *hraigran- (cf. Old High German heigaro "heron," German Reiher, Dutch reiger, Old Norse hegri), from PIE *qriq-, perhaps imitative of its cry (cf. Old Church Slavonic kriku "cry, scream," Lithuanian kryksti "to shriek"). Old English cognate hraga did not survive into Middle English.