heron Summary and Overview
Bible Dictionaries at a Glance
heron in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Lev. 11:19; Deut. 14:18), ranked among the unclean birds. The
Hebrew name is "'anaphah", and indicates that the bird so named
is remarkable for its angry disposition. "The herons are
wading-birds, peculiarly irritable, remarkable for their
voracity, frequenting marshes and oozy rivers, and spread over
the regions of the East." The Ardea russeta, or little golden
egret, is the commonest species in Asia.
heron in Smith's Bible Dictionary
#Le 11:19; De 14:18| a common large, wading, unclean bird. Nearly all of the species known in English ornithology are found in the vicinity of Israel. Canon Cook and others think the bird intended is the plover (Charadrius aedicnemus), a greedy, thick kneed, high-flying migratory bird, very common in the East, on the banks of rivers and shores of lakes. --ED.
heron in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
anaphah. An unclean bird (Leviticus 11:19; Deuteronomy 14:18). Rather "the great plover," thick kneed, Charadrius oedicnemus, widely spread in Europe, Asia, and N. Africa. It lives on slugs, worms, frogs, and toads (Speaker's Commentary). But Gesenius derives it from anaph "to snort angrily," which applies well to the heron, an irritable, voracious, bird, frequenting marshes. The addition "after her kind" implies that a genus is meant.