Definition of heron
: any of various long-necked and long-legged wading birds (family Ardeidae) with a long tapering bill, large wings, and soft plumage
Recent Examples of heron from the Web
An effort is underway to save a handful of baby great blue herons that were knocked from their nests at March Point during an Anacortes-area windstorm last week.
Dr. Beach noted the blue heron and other birds that mingle in the mangroves.
A few weeks ago, I was made aware of a pair of green heron chicks that had lost their nest.
Before long the classroom had as many owls, herons, and other birds as kids.
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Origin and Etymology of heron
Middle English heiroun, hayroun, from Anglo-French heiron, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heigaro heron
First Known Use: 14th century
HERON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heron for English Language Learners
: a large bird that has long legs and a long neck and bill
HERON Defined for Kids
Definition of heron for Students
: a wading bird that has long legs, a long neck, a long thin bill, and large wings
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