Heron meaning

hĕr'ən
Any of various wading birds (esp. subfamily Ardeinae) with a long neck, long legs, and a long, tapered bill, living along marshes and river banks.
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Fl. 3d cent. a.d.; Gr. mathematician & inventor.
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A long-legged, long-necked wading bird of the family Ardeidae.
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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.

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Any of various wading birds of the family Ardeidae, having a long neck, long legs, a long pointed bill, and usually white, gray, or bluish-gray plumage.
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Origin of heron

  • Middle English from Old French of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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”).
    From Wiktionary
  • Latin heroum from Ancient Greek ἡρῷον (hērōon), from ἡρῷος (hērōios, “of a hero”).
    From Wiktionary