American bittern


Definition of American bittern

: a large North American marsh bird (Botaurus lentiginosus) that is related to the herons and has a brown body, dark gray outer wings, and a black stripe down each side of the neck

called also stake driver, thunder pumper

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First Known Use of American bittern

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“American bittern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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