green heron

noun

Definition of green heron 

: a small yellow-legged American heron (Butorides virescens synonym B. striatus) with a greenish back and chestnut neck and chest

called also green-backed heron

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The beaver pond produced other waders as usual: a great egret that has become a fixture there, and a green heron. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Searching Charlotte’s greenways for soaring birds," 1 Sep. 2017

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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