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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heron grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
    • n Heron Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heron (Zoöl) Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidæ. The herons have a long, sharp bill, and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea) is remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was formerly hunted with the larger falcons.☞ There are several common American species; as, the great blue heron (Ardea herodias); the little blue (Ardea cœrulea); the green (Ardea virescens); the snowy (Ardea candidissima); the night heron or qua-bird (Nycticorax nycticorax). The plumed herons are called egrets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heron A long-legged, long-necked, long-billed, slender-bodied wading bird; any bird of the family Ardeidœ, but especially of the subfamily Ardeinœ. Herons, including egrets, bitterns, etc., have the bill cleft below the eyes, naked lores, scaly legs bare above the shank, long toes fitted for perching, a comb on the nail of the middle toe, ample rounded wings, and short tail; the plumage is loose, and often develops graceful flowing plumes, whence the name egret; a constant characteristic is the presence of two or more pairs of powder-down tracts, or patches of greasy pulviplumes. Herons are aquatic, and feed on fish and other creatures which they stalk for and capture by spearing with the sharp bill; they generally nest in trees, and lay two or three greenish, whole-colored, elliptical eggs. (See heronry.) They are nearly cosmopolitan, and include numerous species of several modern genera, such as Ardea, Herodias, Nyctiardea, and Botaurus. The common heron of Europe is Ardea cinerea, represented in America by the great blue heron, A. herodias, 3½ to 4 feet long, and nearly 6 feet in expanse. The great white heron of Florida, A. occidentalis, is still larger; the goliath heron of Africa, A. goliath, is probably the largest of all. White herons or egrets are of medium and small size. Night-herons are smaller, and green herons among the least of all. Bitterns are herons of the subfamily Botaurinæ. Boat-billed herons form the subfamily Cancrominæ. See Ardeidæ, Herodiones, and cuts under Ardea, bittern and egret.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heron her′un a large screaming water-fowl, with long legs and neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. héron, OHG. heigir,; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. häger, and also G. häher, jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger, heron, G. reiher, AS. hrāgra,. Cf. Aigret Egret
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hairon—Old High Ger. heigir.


In literature:

Two herons rose from the Ponds and flew away to where they probably had their nests.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
At times, though seldom, a blue heron winged over the level.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The man he knew by sight and reputation as a very brilliant young lawyer, Edward Benson, of Heron Lake.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
F. Williams, A. Heron, J. M'Ardle (Ella Rish), Sergt.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
I doubt if Melvina Lyon could tell the difference 'twixt a partridge and heron, or if she could tell a spruce tree from a fir.
"A Little Maid of Old Maine" by Alice Turner Curtis
The bird on the shield is much larger, and is more like a stork or heron.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
Here there is a pond, to which at night the heron resorts; for he does not care to trust himself between the high hedgerows.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
On the highest ground in this forest is the clump of firs in which the famous herons build.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
I think the atmosphere of that Heron Lake hotel isn't any great help to you.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Thousands of Herons of various species, as well as Terns and shore birds, make this their home.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson

In poetry:

The heron nods. The charming runes
Of Nature's music thrill his dreams;
The joys of many Mays and Junes
Wash past him like cool summer streams.
"The Blue Heron" by Maurice Thompson
Call to him, herons, as slowly you pass
To your roosts in the haunts of the exiled thrushes,
Sing him the song of the green morass;
And the tides that water the reeds and rushes.
"The Herons Of Elmwood. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The whimp'ring creek breaks on the stone;
The new moon came, but now is gone;
White, tingling stars wink out alone.
Lank specter of wet, windy lands,
The melancholy heron stands;
Then, clamoring, dives into the stars.
"The Heron" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ah, not a word about his ship? Well, well, I'll lay thee by.
I see a heron from the marsh go sailing in the sky,
The purple moor is like a dream, a star is twinkling clear--
Perhaps the meeting that she spaed is drawing very near!
"The Shell" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Cows in the stall and sheep in the fold;
Clouds in the west, deep crimson and gold;
A heron's far flight to a roost somewhere;
The twitter of killdees keen in the air;
The noise of a wagon that jolts through the gloam
On the last load home.
"Harvest" by John Charles McNeill
Here in the early even when the young gray dew is falling,
And the king-heron seeks his mate beyond the loneliest wild,
Still your heart in the twilight, and you'll hear the river calling
Through all her outmost islands to seek her lastborn child.
"Three Island Songs" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall

In news:

The Israeli air force has put its largest unmanned aircraft system, the Heron TP, back in service following an extended grounding of the fleet in the wake of a Jan 29 accidental crash, reports Flightglobal.
The narrative is not, however, a rise-and-fall retelling of Scott- Heron 's life and career.
You can find her wines at Tom's Market ( Heron 's biggest supporters), Central Market, Spec's, and some Twin Liquors.
Laely Heron is the owner of and winemaker for her namesake Heron Vineyards.
Birders across Ohio have been thrilled by an invasion of southern herons that are rarely seen this far north.
A Green Heron looks for tasty dragonflies to eat in the pond at Capaha Park on a beautiful afternoon.
Popular Rosie's to reopen in Hungry Heron space.
"We won't keep the name, but the new Rosie's will be a combination of Hungry Heron 's best items and our best items at Rosie's," said Gavin.
Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC has completed its acquisition of Blue Heron Hydro LLC.
Blue Heron owns the development rights for two hydropower facilities to be built on US Army Corps of Engineers dams on the West River in southern Vermont.
Chris Bennett, a natural resource management specialist, will lead a free workshop about the herons and egrets that are commonly seen during the summer.
A young green heron patiently waits for a meal to come within reach of his perch.
The heron was spotted on a pond north of Bemidji.
While there are currently 11 completed herons , the center aims for a total of 30 artists and works by November.
"I didn't realize the rookery aspect of herons ," McVay said.

In science:

Heron from Alexandria proposed about 60 AD the general hypothesis that light takes the shortest path between two points, and on this basis he was able to reach the same results as Euklid.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Can the US take the lead in developing and mounting one of the several promising experiments to measure the flux and flavor of these neutrinos? Among the proposals discussed by the working group were HERON, HELLAZ, MOON, LENS, CLEAN, GaAs, and Cerenkov-triggered radiochemical detectors employing Cl or I.
Nuclear Physics Neutrino PreTown Meeting: Summary and Recommendations
For pp neutrinos, liquid scintillator is limited by 14C background and so liquid noble gasses such as He (Heron) , Ne (CLEAN) and Xe (XMASS) are being developed.
Evidence for Neutrino Oscillations I: Solar and Reactor Neutrinos
Lee Price, Heron’s Formula, Descartes Circles, and Pythagorean Triangles,arXiv:math.
Pythagorean Triples and a New Pythagorean Theorem