heron's bill


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heron's bill any of various plants of the genus Erodium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heron's bill (Bot) a plant of the genus Erodium; -- so called from the fancied resemblance of the fruit to the head and beak of the heron.
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In literature:

But the tailor couldn't help thinking what a handy thing it would be to have a bill like Mr. Heron's.
"The Tale of Ferdinand Frog" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The heron-Princess threw back her head, and, darting furiously, struck her own sharp bill deep into the falcon's breast.
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
Captain Brown gives an illustration which shows that the Heron's bill may be as effective in other cases.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
He is bent, too; and his features are as thin as a heron's bill.
"The Gipsy (Vols I & II)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James