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aigrette

[ ey-gret, ey-gret ]
/ ˈeɪ grɛt, eɪˈgrɛt /
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noun
a plume or tuft of feathers, especially the back plume of any of various herons, arranged as a head ornament.
a jeweled ornament depicting or suggesting this, usually worn in the hair or on a hat.
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Origin of aigrette

1635–45; <French, equivalent to aigr- (<Germanic; compare Old High German heiger heron) + -ette-ette. See egret, heron

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aigrette

aigret

/ (ˈeɪɡrɛt, eɪˈɡrɛt) /

noun
a long plume worn on hats or as a headdress, esp one of long egret feathers
an ornament or piece of jewellery in imitation of a plume of feathers

Word Origin for aigrette

C19: French
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