Definition of heronshaw in US English:

heronshaw

noun

Regional, British
historical
  • Originally: a young or small heron. Later more generally: any heron.

Phrases

  • to know a hawk from a hernshaw

    • And variants: to have good sense or discernment. Now archaic or historical.

Origin

Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman herouncel, herencell, heronsew young heron (1334, in plural form heronceux, or earlier; compare Middle French (Champagne) heronçaul, heronceau) from heron, heroun + -cel, diminutive suffix.

Pronunciation

heronshaw

/ˈhɛrənʃɔː/