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A genus comprising the typical night herons. Also formerly (in form nycticorax): a bird of this genus.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Holme (1627–1700), herald painter. From post-classical Latin nycticorax nocturnal bird, night-owl or night-raven from ancient Greek νυκτικόραξ long-eared owl from νυκτι- + κόραξ raven.
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