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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Most of them were large birds—hawks, egrets, and even peacocks—for spectacular visual effect as they took flight.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma | Brendon Hong | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The island gives refuge to a variety of birds, from egrets to pelicans, which are in great danger as the oil comes ashore.
As the plumes of these birds are worth nearly their weight in gold, egrets have become extinct in some parts of the world.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
I noticed quantities of white egrets, which settled on the backs of the water buffaloes.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines | H. Wilfrid Walker
I shot several of each kind of bird, plucking the fine plumes from the backs of the egrets.Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines | H. Wilfrid Walker
He has taken my sister up the creek—Bones says there are any number of egrets' nests there, and I believe he is right.The Keepers of the King's Peace | Edgar Wallace
The egrets or ear feathers are tipped with blackish-brown, the inner webs being white varied with wood-brown.
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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