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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Traveling south along the Yellowstone River, you will pass blue heron, ducks, geese and trumpeter swans.
▪ There are bluebirds and blue jays and blue herons.
▪ A great white heron uses a water buffalo as a fishing perch.
▪ A heron lifted itself delicately off a sewage pipe and flew away.
▪ A big white heron gallops out of the creek on his gawky orange legs and gobbles it up.
▪ And bird watchers find quiet places to spot a heron or woodpecker.
▪ Every sundown, he told us, thousands of Java pond herons converge here for the night.
▪ On the walls are framed prints of herons and egrets in cypress swamps and watery glades.
▪ Small fish soon rise to collect them and as they do, the heron neatly spears and swallows them.
▪ Traveling south along the Yellowstone River, you will pass blue heron, ducks, geese and trumpeter swans.
▪ Unfortunately herons like to fish in concert, and a plastic replica can actually serve to attract others.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Heron \Her"on\, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h['e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h["a]ger, and also G. h["a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS. hr[=a]gra. Cf. Aigret, Egret.] (Zo["o]l.) Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeid[ae]. 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.

Note: There are several common American species; as, the great blue heron ( Ardea herodias); the little blue ( Ardea c[oe]rulea); the green ( Ardea virescens); the snowy ( Ardea candidissima); the night heron or qua-bird ( Nycticorax nycticorax). The plumed herons are called egrets.

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French hairon (12c.), earlier hairo (11c., Modern French héron), from Frankish *haigiro or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *hraigran (cognates: Old High German heigaro "heron," German Reiher, Dutch reiger, Old Norse hegri), from PIE *qriq-, perhaps imitative of its cry (compare Old Church Slavonic kriku "cry, scream," Lithuanian kryksti "to shriek"). Old English cognate hraga did not survive into Middle English.


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

Heron, MT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana
Population (2000): 149
Housing Units (2000): 63
Land area (2000): 3.392157 sq. miles (8.785645 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.392157 sq. miles (8.785645 sq. km)
FIPS code: 35875
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 48.057437 N, 115.960373 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 59844
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Heron, MT
Heron (disambiguation)

A heron is a type of wading bird.

Heron may also refer to:


Héron is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège and the Huy-Ware district.


The herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae, with 64 recognised species, some of which are referred to as " egrets" or " bitterns" rather than herons. Members of the genera Botaurus and Ixobrychus are referred to as "bitterns", and, together with the zigzag heron or zigzag bittern in the monotypic genus Zebrilus, form a monophyletic group within the Ardeidae. Egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons, and tend to be named differently because they are mainly white or have decorative plumes. Although egrets have the same build as herons, they tend to be smaller.

The classification of the individual heron/egret species is fraught with difficulty, and there is still no clear consensus about the correct placement of many species into either of the two major genera, Ardea and Egretta. Similarly, the relationship of the genera in the family is not completely resolved. However, one species formerly considered to constitute a separate monotypic family Cochlearidae, the boat-billed heron, is now regarded as a member of the Ardeidae.

Although herons resemble birds in some other families, such as the storks, ibises, spoonbills and cranes, they differ from these in flying with their necks retracted, not outstretched. They are also one of the bird groups that have powder down. Some members of this group nest colonially in trees, while others, notably the bitterns, use reed beds.

Heron (automobile)

The Heron was a Formula Junior racing car designed by Les Redmond and Syd (aka Jim or Dig) Diggory. It was fitted with a Ford 105E engine.

Heron (surname)

Heron is a surname originating in England and Ireland during the Middle Ages.

Heron (event processor)

Heron is a distributed streaming processing engine developed at Twitter. According to the creators at Twitter, the scale and diversity of Twitter data has increased, and Heron is a real-time analytics platform to process streaming. It was introduced at the SIGMOD 2015.

Heron (dinghy)

The Heron Dinghy is a dinghy designed by Jack Holt of the United Kingdom as the Yachting World Cartopper (YW Cartopper). The Heron dinghy was designed to be built by a home handyman out of marine ply over a timber frame, but can now also be constructed from marine ply using a stitch and glue technique or from Fibreglass. Modern dinghies will usually have built in buoyancy tanks, older craft will have bags or retrofitted tanks.

Since about 1980 boats have been increasingly made of Fibreglass, although the Australian association has approved stitch and glue construction .

The Heron is sailed in the UK and Australia and New Zealand, with a few others spread around the world. UK class rules vary slightly from the Australian Rules. In the UK a spinnaker is permitted and a larger genoa can be used. The UK also permits the use of different rudder shapes and a Bermudan Mast. Other more minor differences exist between the rules. The Heron cartop dinghy was popular in Ireland from the late 1950s until the arrival of the Mirror which was lighter, easier to build, and had built in buoyancy.

They are mainly used as adult/child racing dinghies. For state and national titles the Olympic triangle course is often used.

The Heron has a Portsmouth Yardstick of 1346 when sailed single handed. In the US Sailing scheme it has a D-PN of 120.0. The Heron has been a popular entry-level sailing dinghy, due largely to its high level of stability. The craft design features hard chines. These are sharp angles between the sides and bottom of the hull, giving it great stability even in rough weather conditions. This makes it easier for a relative novice to avoid capsizing. A round-hulled craft requires a lot more skill to keep upright.

The stability of Herons was demonstrated in South Australia on 26 January 1995. Forty-four yachts competing in a state title heat being held at the Largs Bay Sailing Club were struck by a violent thunder squall that lashed and wreaked widespread destruction across the city of Adelaide and surrounding districts. Winds speeds were reported in excess of sixty knots. Although almost all yachts capsized immediately, two of the fleet remained upright and were surfed into shore, having had their masts broken before capsize could occur. 'Hot Eclipse' (sail no. 9299, skipper Gareth Eastwood) was at a point adjacent the windward jibe buoy around two kilometers offshore when the gale struck. It was manhandled to shore atop waves around four meters high, with the forward crew leaning across the front deck holding the sails down. The wild ride to safety lasted about an hour. Few small sailing dinghy designs could have managed this.

Over 10,200 Heron sail numbers have been issued since the design first appeared in the late 1950s. The very first Heron, No 1 Flook still exists and is now owned by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Heron (crater)

Heron is a small lunar impact crater that lies on the far side of the Moon, less than 20 kilometers from the equator. It lies between the slightly larger crater Ctesibius just to the west and Soddy a little farther to the east. Almost directly to the north is the prominent crater King.

This formation is an undistinguished, circular crater. The interior floor is relatively flat and featureless. There is a tiny craterlet along the eastern rim that has a slightly higher albedo than the remainder of the crater.

This crater is also called Hero in some references. Its name comes from Heron (or Hero) of Alexandria.

Usage examples of "heron".

Mason usually did that, but he was off in Chincoteague, Anna happened to know, photographing herons.

As they continued they degenerated into animal howls that went skipping over the Fens like pebbles, alarming sleeping ducks, dislodging owls from branches and sending herons flapping to safer nests.

Shear Pleasures, though according to the white script painted on the window, Belle had added pedicures, and the Bijoux Theater still dominated the corner of Maringouin and Heron.

No herons waded in the shallows, no beavers or muskrats were busy building nests.

They could hear and occasionally see the swamp birds, the herons, the huge blue herons and the green ones, the bitterns, the white ibis with coral-colored legs and beaks, the grebes and the snake birds.

At the farthest tip, near Cape Sable, the sky flashed with wild birds: herons, curlews, ibises, blue egrets, white pelicans, sandpipers and a few roseate spoonbills.

Heron and Aelia and Wren, all of us clad alike in green gowns and veils and garlands of spring flowers.

Heron seemed to prick up his ears with an amount of worldly interest which scarcely harmonised with his saintly character.

We are almost as poor as the smallest tenant, though we live in this big house, and are still regarded as great people--the Herons of Herondale.

Wordley, and that he had been too indignant to acquaint the Herons with the fact.

I want to send the Herons a present, a really nice present that will help them, I hope, to forget the trouble I caused them.

It was almost difficult to believe that she had ever left Herondale that Laburnum Villa was anything but a nightmare and the Herons a dismal unreality.

Whenever they heard them rehearsing, they made snide remarks, sniggered loudly, and declared that the Herons stank to high heaven.

Both had herons on the collars, and both were at least as ornate as the scarlet coat he was wearing.

Rand had the feeling Caldevwin had noticed the herons as soon as he came in.