Bittern

Bitterns are a classification of birds in the heron family, Ardeidae, a family of wading birds. Species named bitterns tend to be the shorter-necked, often more secretive members of this family. They were called hæferblæte in Old English; the word `bittern` came to English from Old French butor, itself from Gallo-Roman butitaurus, a portmantea.....
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bittern

[n] - relatively small compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry
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Bittern

• (a.) The brine which remains in salt works after the salt is concreted, having a bitter taste from the chloride of magnesium which it contains. • (n.) A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species. • (a.) A very bitter compound of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., used by fraudulent brewers in adulter...
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bittern

<zoology> A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species. ... 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 B. Lentiginosus, and is also called stake-driver and meadow hen. See Stake-dri...
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bittern

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

[salt] Bittern is the liquor remaining after halite (common salt) has been harvested from saline water (brine). It may be rich in magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. ...
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Bittern

Bit'tern noun [ Middle English bitoure , betore , bitter , from French butor ; of unknown origin.] (Zoology) A wading bird of the genus Botaurus , allied to the herons, of various species. » The common European bittern is Botaurus stellaris . It...
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bittern

any of 12 species of solitary marsh birds of the subfamily Botaurinae, family Ardeidae (order Ciconiiformes), allied to the herons (subfamily ... [2 related articles]
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bittern

Any of several species of small herons, in particular the common bittern Botaurus stellaris of Europe and Asia. It is shy, stoutly built, buff-coloured, speckled with black and tawny brown, with a long bill and a loud, booming call. Its habit of holding its neck and bill in a vertical position conceals it among the reeds, whe...
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Bittern

Bittern is a general name for grallatorial birds of the genus Botaurus of the subfamily Botaurinae. They are wading birds related to the heron, but with shorter necks, stouter bodies and variegated brown colouration. They live in marshes and reedy swamps where they are solitary and nocturnal, feeding on frogs, small fish, mice, crayfish and other a...
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Bittern

Bittern is the syrupy residue from evaporated sea-water after the common salt has been taken out of it. It is used in the preparation of Epsom salts (sulphate of magnesia), of Glauber's salt (sulphate of soda), and contains also chloride of magnesium, iodine, and bromine.
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bittern

bittern, common name for migratory marsh birds of the family Ardeidae (heron family). The American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), often called “stake driver” because of a territorial male's booming call in the spring, is widely distributed in E North America. It is mostly nocturnal and...
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bittern

small heron
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Bittern

The USS Bittern was an American Admirable Class minesweeper of 625 tons displacement launched in 1944. The USS Bittern was powered by diesel engines providing a top speed of 14.5 knots and carried a complement of 104. She was armed with one 3 inch dual-purpose gun and four 40 mm anti-aircraft guns.
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bittern

very bitter-tasting solution that remains after evaporation and crystallization of sodium chloride (table salt) from brines and seawater. It contains ... [1 related articles]
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Bittern

Waste solution of magnesium salts and bromides from the preparation of salt from sea-water by evaporation.
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