yellow-crowned night heron
[ yel-oh-kround ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌkraʊnd /
See under night heron.
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Origin of yellow-crowned night heron
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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.
Origin of night heron
First recorded in 1775–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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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