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bittern

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noun bit·tern \ˈbi-tərn\

Definition of bittern

  1. :  any of various small or medium-sized, short-necked, usually secretive herons (especially genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus)

Origin and Etymology of bittern

Middle English bitoure, from Anglo-French butor, from Vulgar Latin *butitaurus, from Latin buteo hawk + taurus bull


First Known Use: circa 1530


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bittern

noun bit·tern

Definition of bittern

  1. :  the bitter water solution of salts that remains after sodium chloride has crystallized out of a brine

Origin and Etymology of bittern

irregular from 1bitter


First Known Use: 1682


BITTERN Defined for Kids

bittern

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noun bit·tern \ˈbi-tərn\

Definition of bittern for Students

  1. :  a brownish marsh bird which has a loud booming cry



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