[ee-grit, eg-rit, ee-gret, ee-gret]
- any of several usually white herons that grow long, graceful plumes during the breeding season, as Egretta garzetta (little egret), of the Old World.
Origin of egret
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The Egret settled to her nest again and the Pelican went on with the story.
"It was the plan of the Cacica of Cofachique," explained the Egret.
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 Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The colour of the Egret is pure white, with the exception of the train.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
- 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 CiconiiformesSee also aigrette
C15: from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron heron, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaro heron
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Word Origin and History for egret
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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