heron

[ her-uh n ]
/ ˈhɛr ən /
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noun

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

1275–1325; Middle English heiro(u)n, hero(u)n < Middle French hairon (French héron) < Germanic; compare Old High German heigir

Definition for heron (2 of 2)

Heron

[ heer-on ]
/ ˈhɪər ɒn /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for heron (1 of 2)

heron

/ (ˈhɛrən) /

noun

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

C14: from Old French hairon, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaro, Old Norse hegri

British Dictionary definitions for heron (2 of 2)

Heron

/ (ˈhɪərɒn) /

noun

same as Hero
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Word Origin and History for heron

heron


n.

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.

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