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- n. a young grey heron.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A heron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variant of heronsew.
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The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries unquestionably saw a great advance in the mystery of cookery and in the diversity of dishes, and the author of “Piers of Fulham” complains, that men were no longer satisfied with brawn and powdered beef, which he terms “store of house,” but would have venison, wild fowl, and heronshaw; and men of simple estate, says he, will have partridges and plovers, when lords lack.
The latter possesses such a penetrating glance for the nature of things as to be able to distinguish the bird (the heronshaw) that is to be pursued from the hawk that has been unhooded and cast.
When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handshaw (heronshaw!). '
The spelling _heronshaw_ misled Cotgrave, &c.; he has
‘In actual application a _heronshaw_, _hernshaw_ or _hernsew_, is simply a