heron definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different wading birds of this family members Ardeidae, having a long neck, long feet, an extended pointed bill, and usually white, gray, or bluish-gray plumage.
    • A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of this family members Ardeidae.
    • Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidæ. The herons have a long, sharp bill, and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea) is remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.
    • A long-legged, long-necked, long-billed, slender-bodied wading bird; any bird of family members Ardeidœ, but specifically for the subfamily Ardeinœ.
    • Greek mathematician and creator whom devised an approach to determine the location of a triangle and whom described different technical devices (very first century)
    • gray or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) lengthy costs

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