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

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Liberty Wildlife's medical team found the fledgling heron had an eye injury, wing lacerations, and lost skin on his scalp. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "City clears dead ducks from Phoenix park after residents complain," 10 July 2019 West Indian manatees, Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises, black bears, herons and fish, such as gar and sunfish, can all be found in Blue Spring State Park. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Springs Guide: Blue Spring State Park," 25 June 2019 Piping plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, herons and egrets are particularly vulnerable. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Their numbers in the U.S. are still relatively small compared to such species as herons and egrets. Anders Gyllenhaal, sun-sentinel.com, "For one rare bird, flight from South Florida’s changing climate sparks a surprising revival," 29 June 2019 Officials confirmed a large crane or heron flew into a nearby power line, sparking the blaze and creating a power outage in the area. Brody Fernandez, The Mercury News, "Bird into power lines sparks Northern California wildfire," 23 June 2019 Edgardo’s immediate identification with the dead heron, useless as anything but a memento of past life, triggers a determination to end his own existence that paradoxically cheers him up immensely. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 Some airports with particularly stubborn birds are forced to get creative: Salt Lake City’s airport deploys pigs to eat up gull eggs, and border collies chase away herons and egrets at Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airports Keep Birds Away," 5 Nov. 2018 The ever-impeccable 81-year-old Vanessa Redgrave also chose a collarless suit with discreet heron detail, and another standout tuxedo take was worn by Stella McCartney—a jumpsuit of her own design. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018

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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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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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