any of several usually white herons that grow long, graceful plumes during the breeding season, as Egretta garzetta(little egret ), of the Old World.
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The egret also has a longer tail than the macaque, in proportion to the length of its body.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The macaque and the egret, appeared to us so similar, that we presumed them to be of one and the same species.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Not to let them all escape, I aimed at a beautiful egret with white plumage, and to my great delight down it fell.In the Wilds of Florida | W.H.G. Kingston
About the pools near our camp we saw the little white egret; the snowy heron had been common for some days.
The various species of egret and the paddy bird all assume their nuptial plumes in May.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for egret
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
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