1. bittern

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


  • Ixobrychus exilis
  • American bittern
  • Botaurus stellaris
  • least bittern
  • heron
  • stake driver
  • Botaurus lentiginosus


  • butor (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Sentences with bittern

1. Noun, singular or mass
The American bittern has a range over most of the United States and all of southern Canada.

2. Adjective
The conservation area helps protect such species as the mallard, Canadian goose, great blue heron, bittern and Virginia rail.