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

 her·on /ˈhɛrən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Her·on n.  Zool. Any wading bird of the genus Ardea and allied genera, of the family Ardeidae. 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 (Ardea cœrulea); the green (Ardea virescens); the snowy (Ardea 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to
           determine the area of a triangle and who described
           various mechanical devices (first century) [syn: Hero,
            Hero of Alexandria]
      2: gray or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and
         (usually) long bill

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18), ranked among the unclean birds. The
    Hebrew name is _'anaphah_, and indicates that the bird so named
    is remarkable for its angry disposition. "The herons are
    wading-birds, peculiarly irritable, remarkable for their
    voracity, frequenting marshes and oozy rivers, and spread over
    the regions of the East." The Ardea russeta, or little golden
    egret, is the commonest species in Asia.