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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bit·tern /ˈbɪtɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bit·tern n.  Zool. A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.
 Note:The common European bittern is Botaurus stellaris.  It makes, during the brooding season, a noise called by Dryden bumping, and by Goldsmith booming.  The American bittern is Botaurus lentiginosus, and is also called stake-driver and meadow hen. See Stake-driver.
 Note: The name is applied to other related birds, as the least bittern (Ardetta exilis), and the sun bittern.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bit·tern, n.
 1. The brine which remains in salt works after the salt is concreted, having a bitter taste from the chloride of magnesium which it contains.
 2. A very bitter compound of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., used by fraudulent brewers in adulterating beer.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal
          habits and a booming cry; found in marshes

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    is found three times in connection with the desolations to come
    upon Babylon, Idumea, and Nineveh (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph.
    2:14). This bird belongs to the class of cranes. Its scientific
    name is Botaurus stellaris. It is a solitary bird, frequenting
    marshy ground. The Hebrew word (kippod) thus rendered in the
    Authorized Version is rendered "porcupine" in the Revised
    Version. But in the passages noted the kippod is associated with
    birds, with pools of water, and with solitude and desolation.
    This favours the idea that not the "porcupine" but the "bittern"
    is really intended by the word.