heron

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English heron, heroun, heiron, from Anglo-Norman heiron, from Old Dutch *heigero (compare Middle Dutch heiger), from Proto-Germanic *haigrô (compare Swedish häger), dissimilation of *hraigrô (compare Old English hrāgra, Dutch reiger, German Reiher), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreik-, *(s)kreig- (to screech, creak) (compare Welsh crëyr (heron), Ancient Greek κρίζω (krízō, to creak, screech).

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heron (plural herons)

  1. A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of the family Ardeidae.

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman heiron, from Medieval Latin hairō, *haigrō, from Old Dutch *heigero, from Proto-Germanic *haigrô, from earlier *hraigrô via dissimilation.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛːrun/, /ˈhɛːr(ə)n/, /ˈhɛi̯run/, /hɛi̯ˈruːn/

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heron (plural herons)

  1. The grey heron (Ardea cinerea)
  2. The meat of a heron used as food.
  3. (rare, heraldry) A heraldic representation of a heron.

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heron m (plural herons)

  1. heron

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