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Any of various wading birds
of the family Ardeidae, having a long neck, long legs, a long pointed bill,
and usually white, gray, or bluish-gray plumage.
[Middle English, from Old
French, of Germanic origin.]
Note: There are several
common American species; as, the great blue heron (Ardea
herodias); the little
blue (A. c[oe]rulea); the green (A. virescens); the snowy (A.
night heron or qua-bird (Nycticorax nycticorax). The plumed herons
are called egrets.
Heron's bill (Bot.), a plant of the genus
Erodium; -- so called from the fancied
resemblance of the fruit to the head and
beak of the heron.
Herons have been observed to drop insects on the water
and then catch the fish that surface for the bugs.
BIRD of the family Ardeidae, large wading birds, including the BITTERN
and EGRET, found in many temperate regions but most numerous in tropical
and subtropical areas. Herons have sharp, serrated bills, broad wings,
and long legs. Their plumage is soft and drooping, and (especially at breeding
time) they may have long, showy plumes on their heads, breasts, and backs.
hîr´o) or Heron (hê´ròn´)
First century A.D.
scientist who invented many water-driven
and steam-driven machines and devised a formula for determining the area
of a triangle.
Hero of Alexandria
Hero of Alexandria or Heron (hêr´òn),
fl. A.D. 62, mathematician and inventor. His origin is uncertain,
although he wrote in Greek on the measurement of geometric figures and
invented many contrivances operated by water, steam, or compressed air,
including a fountain and a fire engine.
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Heron, the great inventor
of Alexandria, described in detail what is thought to be the first working
steam engine. He called it an aeolipile, or "wind ball". His design was
a sealed caldron of water was placed over a heat source. As the water boiled,
steam rose into the pipes and into the hollow sphere. The steam escaped
from two bent outlet tubes on the ball, resulting in rotation of the ball.
The principle he used in his design is similar to that of today's jet propulsion.
Heron did not consider this invention being useful for everyday applications:
he considered his aeolipile invention as a novelty, a remarkable toy.
Known as Mchanikos, the
Machine Man, Heron invented the world's first steam engine, developed some
sophisticated surveying tools, and crafted handy gizmos like a self-trimming
oil lamp. Technically speaking, Heron's clever inventions were particularly
notable for their incorporation of the sorts of self-regulating feedback
control systems that form the bedrock of cybernetics;
like today's toilets, his "inexhaustible goblet" regulated its own level
with a floating mechanism. But what really stirred Heron's soul were
novelties: pneumatic gadgets, automata, and magic
theaters, one of which rolled itself before the audience on its own power,
cranked through a miniature three-dimensional performance, and then made
its own exit. Another staged a Dionysian
mystery rite with Apollonian precision: Flames lept, thunder crashed,
and miniature female Bacchantes whirled madly around the wine god on a
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis:
Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of Information_