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 On the same day that the heron was gulping down a mudbug, a large red-eared slider turtle was spotted swimming from underneath the Robinson Park bridge and making a beeline for a brick wall to its right. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Trail grant means Seabrook will get own ‘mountain’ view," 10 June 2020 Move too slowly, and the animal will attach itself stubbornly to the syringe, Prakash explained, his hand darting toward the slide with the speed and precision of a heron’s beak. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 Watch for a large earthen berm off to the left that contains a wildlife water tank that attracts dozens of species such as skunk, herons and bobcats. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This forested hike south of Flagstaff has room to spread out. Here's how to try it.," 22 May 2020 Earlier in the dance, a single heron appeared and refused to mix with the others. New York Times, "Review: Film Overwhelms Dance in a Mud-Caked Trip to Brazil," 5 Feb. 2020 This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions, and is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's Luxury 13-day Itinerary in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands," 23 Apr. 2020 The crested toad’s long list of predators includes cats, crabs, dogs, heron, lizards, mongooses, and rats. National Geographic, "Puerto Rican crested toad," 26 Mar. 2020 Visitors here have spotted herons, egrets, snail kites, deer, and, yes, even the Everglades’ most notorious resident, the alligator. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 Hop on tandem kayaks from Asian Detours (from $58) and paddle around the mangrove, with hornbills and herons flying above. Wufei Yu, Outside Online, "Adventure Detours in the World's Most Visited Cities," 27 Jan. 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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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heron. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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