a white egret, Egretta thula, of the warmer parts of the Western Hemisphere: formerly hunted in great numbers for its plumes, the species is now protected and has recovered.
Origin of snowy egret
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95
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a small American egret, Egretta thula, having a white plumage, yellow legs, and a black bill
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