The word occurs in ( Isaiah 14:23 ; 34:11 ; Zephaniah 2:14 ) and we are inclined to believe that the Authorized Version is correct. The bittern (Botaurus stellaris ) belongs to the Ardeidae , the heron family of birds, and is famous for the peculiar nocturnal booming sound which it emits.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Bittern'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".