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egret

[ ee-grit, eg-rit, ee-gret, ee-gret ]
/ ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt /
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noun

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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Origin of egret

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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British Dictionary definitions for egret

egret
/ (ˈiːɡrɪt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for egret

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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