from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wading birds of the family Ardeidae, having a long neck, long legs, a long pointed bill, and usually white, gray, or bluish-gray plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of the family Ardeidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long-legged, long-necked, long-billed, slender-bodied wading bird; any bird of the family Ardeidœ, but especially of the subfamily Ardeinœ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
- n. grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English heroun, heiron, from Anglo-Norman heiron, from Old Dutch heigero (compare Middle Dutch heiger), from Proto-Germanic *haigrô (compare Swedish häger), metathesis of *hraigrô (compare Old English hrāgra, Dutch reiger, German Reiher), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreik-, *(s)kreig- (“to screech, creak”) (compare Welsh crëyr ("heron"), Ancient Greek κρίζω (krízō, "to creak, screech"). (Wiktionary)