her·​on | \ ˈher-ən How to pronounce heron (audio) , ˈhe-rən \
plural herons also heron

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

Examples of heron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's a key reason this heron rookery is so unusual, said Carrol Henderson, a retired state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) nongame wildlife biologist. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 On a scrubby plateau in the middle ground, a kindly donkey pauses near the edge of a chalky precipice over which stands an alert heron. William E. Wallace, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Then, with my neck bent forwards like a heron, my eyes are fixed on a screen. Eleanor Morgan, refinery29.com, 29 Mar. 2021 The royal family has an extensive, lush garden right in the center of town, nearly the size of Monaco and replete with a massive palace and its own rare heron colony. Raf Casert, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2021 Nearby is a gray heron — a solitary water bird evoking hermit life. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 The audio journey follows a young heron south along the shores of North Pond, beside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and ends at Fullerton Parkway. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 25 Nov. 2020 The gray heron, however, appears to be expanding its range. Skyler Kardell, National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2020 In 2018, hundreds of dubious votes were detected for the shag, and the previous year more than 100 fraudulent votes were logged for the white-faced heron. Rob Picheta, CNN, 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of heron

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heron

Middle English heiroun, hayroun, from Anglo-French heiron, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heigaro heron

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The first known use of heron was in the 14th century

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30 May 2021

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“Heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heron. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heron

: a large bird that has long legs and a long neck and bill


her·​on | \ ˈher-ən How to pronounce heron (audio) \

Kids Definition of heron

: a wading bird that has long legs, a long neck, a long thin bill, and large wings

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