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yellow-crowned night heron

[yel-oh-kround]
noun
  1. See under night heron.
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Origin of yellow-crowned night heron

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

night heron

noun
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for yellow-crowned night heron

night heron

noun
  1. 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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