Definitions

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  • n. The American night heron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The American night heron. See under night.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The American night-heron, Nyctiardea grisea nævia.

Etymologies

qua (the sound of its call) and bird. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At night other sounds are heard, less agreeable to the ear: the shrill "chirrup" of cicadas and tree-toads ringing so incessantly, that only when they cease do you become conscious of their existence; the dull "gluck-gluck" of the great bullfrog; the sharp cries of the heron and _qua-bird_; and the sepulchral screech of the great horned owl.

    The Wild Huntress Love in the Wilderness

  • The qua-bird screamed; the swamp-owl hooted; the bullfrog uttered his trumpet-note; and the hideous alligator, horribly bellowing from his gaunt jaws, crawled sulkily out of my way, at times appearing as if he would turn and assail me!

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • It woke the grallatores of the swamp -- the qua-bird, the curlews, and the tall blue herons -- who screamed in concert.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

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  • Regional U.S. nickname for the Black-Crowned Night Heron. See also quawk.

    October 10, 2008