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HERN, n. Also herne; haron (Dmf. 1820 Blackwood's Mag. (Sept.) 658); huron (Rxb. 1825 Jam., 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 144; Bwk. 1889 G. Muirhead Birds Bwk, II. 39); hurant (Bwk. Ib.); huerunt, huirn, hur'nt (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Sc. forms of Eng. heron, Ardea cinerea. [wm., s.Sc. hɛrn, Rxb. hørn(t)] Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 170:
For when the hern scraich'd to her tree, The combat scarce was done.
Slk. 1824 Hogg Shep. Cal. (1874) xxii.:
I might shoot a flying herne for a' that's come and gane yet.
Ayr. 1826 R. Hetrick Poems 14:
Where lonely herns and houlets cry Their cauldrife sang.
Bwk. 1876 W. Brockie Leaderside Leg. 47:
Or saw the huerunt catchin eels, Amang the reeds sae rank.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 107:
The hern is a majestic bird Comes sailin' owre the sea.

Comb.: hern cran(e), id. (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl., Uls. 1957). Cf. Cran, n.1

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