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Poor Joe

noun Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas.
  1. a heron.
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Origin of Poor Joe

1730–40, Americanism; probably < a West African source; compare Vai (Mande language of Liberia and Sierra Leone) podžo heron
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