What does bittern mean?

bittern meaning in General Dictionary

The brine which stays in salt works after the sodium is concreted having a bitter style from chloride of magnesium which it includes

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  • A wading bird regarding the genus Botaurus allied to the herons of varied types
  • fairly little compact tawny-brown heron with nocturnal habits and a booming cry; found in marshes
  • A wading bird associated with genus Botaurus, allied into herons, of various species.
  • The brine which stays in salt works after the sodium is concreted, having a sour taste from chloride of magnesium which it has.
  • a tremendously bitter substance of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., used by deceptive brewers in adulterating alcohol.

bittern meaning in Etymology Dictionary

heron-like bird, 13c., botor, from Old French butor "bittern," possibly from Gallo-Roman *butitaurus, from Latin butionem "bittern" + taurus "bull" (see steer (letter.)); according to Pliny, so called due to its booming vocals, but this appears fanciful. Modern-day type from 1510s.


bittern meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A wading bird of this genus Botaurus, allied into the herons, of varied types.

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  • (a.) The brine which continues to be in sodium works following the salt is concreted, having a bitter style from the chloride of magnesium which it has.
  • (a.) A really sour substance of quassia, cocculus Indicus, etc., utilized by deceptive brewers in adulterating beer.

Sentence Examples with the word bittern

This form Nitzsch was only able to find in the bittern (Ardea stellaris).

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