American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Indus and Phoenix.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Gruidæ, containing most of the species of cranes, of maximum size, white or gray in color, with crestless and partly denuded head, 12-feathered tail, flowing inner secondaries, and enlarged inner claw. The common crane of Europe is G. cinerea, to which corresponds the brown crane or sand-hill crane of America, G. canadensis or G. pratensis. The whooping crane, G. americana, is the largest and handsomest, when adult pure-white with black primaries, about 50 inches long from bill to end of tail, and with some 50 inches of windpipe, nearly half of which is coiled in an excavation in the breast-bone. See
- n. In astronomy, a southern constellation, between Aquarius and Pisces Australis. It is one of those constellations introduced by the navigators of the sixteenth century.
- n. A taxonomic genus within the family Gruidae — the cranes.
- n. astronomy A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a crane. It contains the star Alnair and lies south of the constellation Piscis Austrinis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere between Indus and Piscis Austrinus.
- n. type genus of the Gruidae: typical cranes
- n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix
- From Latin grūs ("crane") (Wiktionary)
- Latin grūs, crane; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sarus crane Grus antigone, with its spectacular courtship dance, is also found here.”
“The park was the last known wintering ground in India of the western population of Siberian crane Grus leucogeranus (V).”
“Of special interest are the whooping crane Grus americana (EN), the nationally threatened bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, and trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator.”
“For example, Boyce and Miller  showed that water depths have a significant positive effect on the annual production of juvenile whooping cranes (Grus americana), and suggested that increased summer temperatures are likely to create drier conditions in whooping crane nesting marshes over the long term, decreasing production of young and slowing the annual population growth rate.”
“The blacknecked crane Grus nigricollis (VU) is seen on migration. 86 animals are under state protection which in addition to the above include Chinese stump-tailed macaque Macaca thibetana, takin Budorcus taxicolor, bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus, Chinese hazel-grouse Tetrastes sewerzowi, pheasant grouse Tetraophasis obscurus, black stork Ciconia nigra, Pallas's sea-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus and golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos.”
“The tancho is a koi (or nishikigoi, a Japanese carp) with a red patch on its head, which is named after the Red Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), a bird which also has a red spot on its head.”
“Other notable species include Japanese night heron Gorsachius goisagi, Baikal teal Anas formosa, Japanese cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus in great numbers; Japanese crane Grus japonensis, and yellow bunting Emberiza sulphurata.”
“This valley supports large breeding populations of trumpeter swans (Cygnus bucinator) and sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis).”
“Zhalong serves as a wetland breeding area for bird species such as the rare red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) and Chinese merganser (Mergus squamatus).”
“The Endangered red-crowned, or Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) is considered a Natural National Monument.”
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