blue heron


: either of two herons with bluish or slaty plumage
especially : great blue heron

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Worcester County: four continuing sandhill cranes in Hardwick and a little blue heron at Muddy Pond in Sterling., 23 July 2022 As a blue heron took flight from a pond on a horse farm, Kathleen Leitner described a grand vision for restoring the rolling prairie to its native habitat. Robert Mccoppin, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 Worcester County: a little blue heron at the Sterling Peat in Sterling, four sandhill cranes in Hardwick, a Bonaparte’s gull and a Caspian tern at gate 40 at the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, five eastern meadowlarks at gate 36 in Sterling., 30 July 2022 An American golden-plover at Orchard Beach in Squantum, a marbled godwit at the Squantum Marshes, a little blue heron at Rosemary Lake in Needham, and two black vultures in the Blue Hills in Canton and another black vulture in Wrentham., 13 Aug. 2022 The lights dropped one final increment and a blue heron soared over a shoreline. Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Home to blue heron, deer, ducks and Canada geese, this 12-foot-wide, 8-mile-long concrete path goes through the woods along Big Creek. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 Also spotted were a razorbill near Morris Island in Chatham, a little blue heron, and a glossy ibis at Forest Beach in Chatham., 25 Sep. 2021 North of Boston, a vagrant wood stork continued to be sighted in the vicinity of the Green Landing Marsh in Gloucester, a little blue heron at the Ross Field Mill Pond elsewhere in Gloucester., 28 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue heron was in 1565

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“Blue heron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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blue heron

: either of two herons with bluish plumage
especially : great blue heron
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