• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ardea type genus of the Ardeidae: large New and Old World herons
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ardea The typical genus of the family Ardeidæ, and formerly coextensive with it. It is variously restricted to exclude the bitterns (Botaurus) and night-herons (Nyctiardea), or to include only the large species intimately related to the common heron of Europe, A. cinerea, such as A. goliath of Africa; A. herodias, the great blue heron of North America; A. occidentalis, the great white heron of Florida; A. cocoi, the large blue heron of South America, etc. The egrets are sometimes referred to this genus, and sometimes made types of several others.
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In literature:

Beyond Ardea it seemed to him that the sky on the northeast was covered with a rosy reflection.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I see that your next novel will touch upon the ruin of our poor Prince d'Ardea.
"Cosmopolis, Complete" by Paul Bourget
Heron, great blue (Ardea herodias).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Very few birds were observed but a cry like that of the Ardea antigone was heard; Mr. Roe killed a small snake about two feet long.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Ardea novae hollandiae 1.
"Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John MacGillivray
The twelve were Ardea, Nepete Sutrium, Alba, Carseoli, Cora, Suessa, Cerceii, Setia, Cales Narnia, Interamna.
"History of Rome, Vol III" by Titus Livius
The Rutulians, a nation very wealthy, considering the country and age they lived in, were at that time in possession of Ardea.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
Danae built Ardea; and on its being burned, the inhabitants said it was changed into a bird.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Ardea and her mate took a pleasant trip, looking for a building place at the edge of a swamp.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
As soon as Sextus had left her and returned to the camp, Lucretia sent to Rome for her father and to Ardea for her husband.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In news:

AstraZeneca plans to buy Ardea Biosciences Inc in a cash deal valued at $1.26 billion.
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Although one might not expect to see a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) in the Sonoran Desert, they have an extensive range (see map below) and occur throughout much of North and Central America wherever there is water.