nounpl. -·ons or -·on
Origin of heronMiddle English heroun from Old French hairon from Frankish an unverified form heigro (akin to Old High German heigir, Old Norse hegri) from Indo-European an unverified form (s)ker-, variant, variety of base an unverified form ker-, echoic of hoarse cry from source scream
Origin of heronMiddle English from Old French of Germanic origin
From Middle English 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”).
- A sepulchral monument in the form of a small temple.
- In Ancient Greece, a monument to a dead hero, and now the relics they find are most well preserved at heroons, like vases or pots with references to the deeds of Herakles, or Calydon.
Latin heroum from Ancient Greek ἡρῷον (hērōon), from ἡρῷος (hērōios, “of a hero”).