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 At the edge of my private plunge pool in my villa suite at Pasha, a heron takes methodical steps along the concrete ledge, its reflection rippling through the water. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 7 July 2022 Garter Day at Windsor, which sees knights wear long velvet robes and a hat decorated with white ostrich and black heron feathers, is the first day of a festive week for the Queen. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 10 June 2022 During the late spring and early summer, Ibis Pond here is a hotspot to see species of breeding heron and egrets. Terry Ward, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2022 The flatworm begins its life in a snail, then moves into a California killifish, then to its final destination in the gut of a predatory water bird, such as a heron or egret. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2022 The Baker's Lake preserve is home to one of the most significant heron rookeries in the Midwest, according to the Forest Preserves organization. Mallika Kallingal And Amanda Musa, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Another nest in the national park that was first noticed this year is atop a heron nest off Canal Road, south of Rockside Road, and the birds appear to be incubating, Trimbath said. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 Workers digging up a spring near a dry riverbed in 1951, for instance, discovered four specimens of a species now known as the Blanco blind salamander, but left unattended, the story goes, two were quickly eaten by a heron. James Gaines, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 In one breath, your guide might point out an osprey or a majestic heron and, in the next, describe the square footage and multimillion-dollar glamour of some of the homes lining the lakes. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heron. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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