blue heron


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

Examples of blue heron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At his new home, he is hounded by an uncannily humanlike blue heron who tells him that his mother is actually alive and trapped in a mysterious tower. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2024 As a blue heron strutted along the shore of the pond, Erdal Eyubov, the garden’s maintenance foreman, strolled up. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 A little blue heron at Cushing Lake in Needham and eight purple martins in Medway., 20 Aug. 2022 The trip provided views of the magnificent Chincoteague ponies in a meadow, blue herons soaring above, white egrets keeping a wary eye and oystercatchers poking the sand with their long bills. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 A little blue heron at a marsh on Winsegansett Avenue in Fairhaven. Isabela Rocha,, 8 July 2023 Recently, she’s pointed her lens beyond the backyard, exploring the C&O Canal to capture blue herons and egrets catching dinner from the Potomac. Amanda Long, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 The park suggests visitors arrive early in the morning for sightings of geese and ducks on the banks of the river, and later in the afternoon to catch a glimpse of a beautiful blue heron perched on a rock in the river. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 The site is home to steelhead and cutthroat trout, blue herons, ducks, owls, coyotes, deer, turtles and beavers. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 30 July 2023

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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 20 May. 2024.

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blue heron

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