Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Indus and Phoenix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a crane. It contains the star Alnair and lies south of the constellation Piscis Austrinis.
  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Gruidae — the cranes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere between Indus and Piscis Austrinus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Gruidæ, containing most of the species of cranes, of maximum size, white or gray in color, with crestless and partly denuded head, 12-feathered tail, flowing inner secondaries, and enlarged inner claw.
  • n. In astronomy, a southern constellation, between Aquarius and Pisces Australis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Gruidae: typical cranes
  • n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix

Etymologies

Latin grūs, crane; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin grūs ("a crane (bird)"), originally from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”). (Wiktionary)
From Latin grūs ("crane") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sarus crane Grus antigone, with its spectacular courtship dance, is also found here.

    Keoladeo (Bharatpur) National Park, India

  • The park was the last known wintering ground in India of the western population of Siberian crane Grus leucogeranus (V).

    Keoladeo (Bharatpur) National Park, India

  • Of special interest are the whooping crane Grus americana (EN), the nationally threatened bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, and trumpeter swan Cygnus buccinator.

    Yellowstone National Park, United States

  • For example, Boyce and Miller [1] showed that water depths have a significant positive effect on the annual production of juvenile whooping cranes (Grus americana), and suggested that increased summer temperatures are likely to create drier conditions in whooping crane nesting marshes over the long term, decreasing production of young and slowing the annual population growth rate.

    Impacts on aquatic birds and mammals in the Arctic

  • The blacknecked crane Grus nigricollis (VU) is seen on migration. 86 animals are under state protection which in addition to the above include Chinese stump-tailed macaque Macaca thibetana, takin Budorcus taxicolor, bearded vulture Gypaetus barbatus, Chinese hazel-grouse Tetrastes sewerzowi, pheasant grouse Tetraophasis obscurus, black stork Ciconia nigra, Pallas's sea-eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus and golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos.

    The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, China

  • The tancho is a koi (or nishikigoi, a Japanese carp) with a red patch on its head, which is named after the Red Crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), a bird which also has a red spot on its head.

    No Fat Clips!!! : OSCAR SHEIKH – Tancho

  • Other notable species include Japanese night heron Gorsachius goisagi, Baikal teal Anas formosa, Japanese cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus in great numbers; Japanese crane Grus japonensis, and yellow bunting Emberiza sulphurata.

    Shiretoko, Japan

  • This valley supports large breeding populations of trumpeter swans (Cygnus bucinator) and sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis).

    Montana Valley and Foothill grasslands

  • Zhalong serves as a wetland breeding area for bird species such as the rare red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) and Chinese merganser (Mergus squamatus).

    Nenjiang River grassland

  • The Endangered red-crowned, or Japanese crane (Grus japonensis) is considered a Natural National Monument.

    Hokkaido deciduous forests

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