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snowy egret

a white egret, Egretta thula, of the warmer parts of the Western Hemisphere: formerly hunted in great numbers for its plumes, the species is now protected and has recovered.
Origin of snowy egret
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This bird has lovely soft feathers, which are pure white; so it is called the snowy egret.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • "She was not an ordinary woman," said the snowy egret, fluffing her white spray of plumes.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for snowy egret

snowy egret

a small American egret, Egretta thula, having a white plumage, yellow legs, and a black bill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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