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a tropical American wading bird (Eurypyga helias) of a gruiform family (Eurypygidae) having only one species, with a slim body and long neck
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A cranelike tropical American bird (Eurypyga helias), having mottled brownish plumage and often spreading its wings and tail in a showy display.