- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɪtən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈbɪtəɹn/
- Rhymes: -ɪtə(ɹ)n
bittern (plural bitterns)
- Several bird species in the Botaurinae subfamily of the heron family Ardeidae.
- 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Rip Van Winkle:
- It is a great rock or cliff on the loneliest part of the mountains, and […] is known by the name of the Garden Rock. Near the foot of it is a small lake, the haunt of the solitary bittern, with water-snakes basking in the sun on the leaves of the pond-lilies which lie on the surface.
terms derived from bittern (bird)
- forest bittern, Zonerodius heliosylus
- Eurasian bittern, Botaurus stellaris
- Australasian bittern, Botaurus poiciloptilus
- American bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
- pinnated bittern, Botaurus pinnatus
- stripe-backed bittern, Ixobrychus involucris
- least bittern, Ixobrychus exilis
- little bittern, Ixobrychus minutus
- New Zealand bittern, Ixobrychus novaezelandiae
- yellow bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis
- Von Schrenck's bittern, Ixobrychus eurhythmus
- cinnamon bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
- dwarf bittern, Ixobrychus sturmii
- black bittern, Dupetor flavicollis
- common bittern
- sun bittern, sun-bittern
bird of the subfamily Botaurinae
- The liquor remaining after halite (common salt) has been harvested from saline water (brine).
- The saline substance added to soy milk to coagulate it as a primary step in the production of tofu.
- (archaic) A very bitter compound of quassia, cocculus indicus, etc., used by fraudulent brewers in adulterating beer.
salt substance used in tofu