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
Boat tours give travelers entree to a slew of other impressive birds (blue herons, cranes), like at Isla Pajaros or Isla Pasión, where the spindly pink-feathered friends also hang out.
A 2016 bird count tallied multiple species of herons, cormorants, pelicans, hawks, plover, gnatcatchers, quail, and terns, among others.
The ceiling, which would be a credit to a fine hotel, is decorated with sandpipers and blue herons.
A night heron was hunched like a little old man, waiting for scraps.
Blue herons and bald eagles frequently flew over the river.
Or a big Bird like a hawk, great blue heron, or an eagle which are all common in Missouri dropped it in the water.
Meanwhile, blue herons fly above, otters splash nearby and fish swim all around you.
Lake Renwick Preserve features a 200-acre lake that's home to herons and egrets.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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