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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  ({A.  c[oe]rulea});  the  green  ({A.  virescens});  the 
  snowy  ({A.  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. 




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