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 for Botaurus stellaris
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bittern \Bit"tern\, n. [OE. bitoure, betore, bitter, fr. F.
     butor; of unknown origin.] (Zool.)
     A wading bird of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons,
     of various species.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The common European bittern is Botaurus stellaris. It
           makes, during the brooding season, a noise called by
           Dryden bumping, and by Goldsmith booming. The American
           bittern is Botaurus lentiginosus, and is also called
           stake-driver and meadow hen. See Stake-driver.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The name is applied to other related birds, as the
           least+bittern+({Ardetta+exilis">least bittern ({Ardetta exilis), and the sun
           bittern.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Botaurus stellaris
      n 1: a kind of bittern [syn: European bittern, Botaurus
           stellaris]

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