See under egret(def 1).
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Definition for little egret (2 of 2)
[ ee-grit, eg-rit, ee-gret, ee-gret ]
/ ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt /
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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British Dictionary definitions for little egret
/ (ˈiːɡrɪt) /
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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Word Origin and History for little 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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