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egret

[ee-grit, eg-rit, ee-gret, ee-gret] /ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt/
noun
1.
any of several usually white herons that grow long, graceful plumes during the breeding season, as Egretta garzetta (little egret) of the Old World.
2.
Origin of egret
late Middle English
dialectal Old French
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English egret(e) < Anglo-French egret (compare Middle French égreste, aigrette), alteration (with -on exchanged for -et -et) of dialectal Old French aigron < Germanic; see heron
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Examples from the Web for egret
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  • The egret settled to her nest again and the Pelican went on with the story.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • "It was the plan of the Cacica of Cofachique," explained the egret.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • It will be from the Sultan himself, with the heart of an egret in his hand.

  • Baibars wore an egret's plume, symbol of valor, on his green turban.

  • The colour of the egret is pure white, with the exception of the train.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • The train-feathers of the egret add, however, to the apparent size of the bird.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • "That's almost worse than being taken for one's feathers," said egret.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
  • Pyang with French a made as short as possible is the egret's cry.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • The lakelets and the river reaches were alive with the heron and the egret.

    The Crooked Stick Rolf Boldrewood
  • At a certain time I shot an egret, and prepared to take the skin.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for egret

egret

/ˈiːɡrɪt/
noun
1.
any of various wading birds of the genera Egretta, Hydranassa, etc, that are similar to herons but usually have a white plumage and, in the breeding season, long feathery plumes: family Ardeidae, order Ciconiiformes See also aigrette
Word Origin
C15: from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron heron, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaroheron
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Word Origin and History for egret
n.

mid-14c., from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron "heron," perhaps of Germanic origin (cf. Old High German heigaro; see heron).

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