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Great bittern
(Botaurus stellaris)
Little bittern
(Ixobrychus minutus)

Etymology

Old French butor, from Gallo-Roman butitaurus, a blend of Latin būtiō (bittern) and taurus (bull, ox).

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bittern

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  1. Several bird species in three genera (Ixobrychus, Botaurus and Zebrilus) of the heron family Ardeidae. The species commonly named bitterns tend to have a relatively short neck in comparison with the other members of the family.
  2. The liquor remaining after halite (common salt) has been harvested from saline water (brine).

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