any of several thick-billed, crepuscular or nocturnal herons of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, as N. nycticorax (black-crowned night heron), of the Old and New Worlds, and Nyctanassa violacea (yellow-crowned night heron), of America.
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Origin of night heron
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for night heron
The breeding-habits of the Night-Heron have already been described in the account of the Ardea egretta.Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)|P. L. Sclater
British Dictionary definitions for night heron
any nocturnal heron of the genus Nycticorax and related genera, having short legs and neck, a heavy body, and a short heavy bill
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