yellow-crowned night heron

[ yel-oh-kround ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌkraʊnd /


See under night heron.

Nearby words

  1. yellow-bellied sapsucker,
  2. yellow-belly,
  3. yellow-billed cuckoo,
  4. yellow-billed magpie,
  5. yellow-breasted chat,
  6. yellow-dog contract,
  7. yellow-eye mullet,
  8. yellow-fever mosquito,
  9. yellow-flowered gourd,
  10. yellow-green

Origin of yellow-crowned night heron

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

night heron


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for yellow-crowned night heron

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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