noun Ar·dea \ˈärdēə\

Definition of Ardea

  1. :  the type genus of Ardeidae including a number of large strong-flying New and Old World herons

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of ardea

New Latin, from Latin, heron; akin to Old Norse arta garganey, Greek erōdios heron

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Ardea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!