from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus); -- so called because one of its notes resembles the sound made in driving a stake into the mud. Called also meadow hen, and Indian hen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The American bittern, Botaurus mugitans or lentiginosus: so called from its cry, which is likened to driving a stake into the ground with a mallet. Also pile-driver, pump-thunder, thunder-pumper, etc.
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- n. a kind of bittern
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