Definition of egret in English:

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egret

Pronunciation: /ˈiːɡrɪt/
/ˈɛːɡrɪt/

noun

A heron with mainly white plumage, having long plumes in the breeding season.
  • Genus Egretta (and Bubulcus), family Ardeidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • The island also attracts a variety of wading birds such as herons and egrets and many songbirds.
  • The result is the area has become a wildlife sanctuary with otters returning, and residents including white egrets, herons, kestrels and dozens of wild flowers.
  • Despite the setting, we didn't see any waterfowl or shorebirds - no herons or egrets, no ducks or geese.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French aigrette, from Provençal aigreta, from the Germanic base of heron.

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