great blue heron

noun

Definition of great blue heron

: a large slaty-blue American heron (Ardea herodias) that has a dark crown, showy plumes on the head and neck, is about 46 inches (117 centimeters) long, and includes a white morph — see great white heron

Examples of great blue heron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Almost as if on cue, a great blue heron glided past the group noiselessly, creating barely a ripple in the mirror-like waters. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 And, with recent dam-removal projects, the river now booms with great blue heron, steelhead trout, and northern pike. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 14 Mar. 2022 Groves began checking out animals a few years ago, with the hope that a great blue heron or a tiny axis deer fawn would bring out something in her students that a bowl of fruit could not. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2022 Crows, doves, starlings and a great blue heron took over their perches in the dead trees all summer long. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 22 Aug. 2021 Williams did find some water at the sanctuary’s south end, and with it white pelicans, white-faced ibis, glossy ibis, great blue heron, Franklin’s gulls and California seagulls (Utah’s state bird) on a mud bar. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 The Nestucca River was quiet except for a great blue heron that unfurled its massive wings and flapped away disgruntled every time our kayaks approached. Johannes Lichtman, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2021 Tiny white flowers sprout from miner’s lettuce and larger white flowers from wild cucumber on the bank opposite the river; a great blue heron and a few egrets linger at the water’s edge. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Friends took Maxwell to visit the great blue heron rookery on the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of great blue heron

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Great blue heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great%20blue%20heron. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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