bittern

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[Bit·tern]

Relatively small compact tawny brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes

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A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.

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


n.
A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.

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.

a.
A very bitter compound of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., used by fraudulent brewers in adulterating beer.


Bittern

Bit"tern , n. [OE. bitoure, betore, bitter, fr. F. butor; of unknown origin.] (Zo'94l.) A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species. &hand; 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-driver. The name is applied to other related birds, as the least bittern (Ardetta exilis), and the sun bittern.

Bittern

Bit"tern, n. [From Bitter, a.] 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. Cooley.

A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.

The brine which remains in salt works after the salt is concreted, having a bitter taste from the chloride of magnesium which it contains.

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