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egret

[ee-grit, eg-rit, ee-gret, ee-gret] /ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt/
noun
1.
any of several usually white herons that grow long, graceful plumes during the breeding season, as Egretta garzetta (little egret) of the Old World.
2.
Origin of egret
late Middle English
dialectal Old French
1400-1450
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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  • I have also caught them preparing and eating sea gulls, terns, blue heron, egret and even the bittern.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Baibars wore an egret's plume, symbol of valor, on his green turban.

  • In countries where rice is cultivated, the egret may generally be seen in the artificial swamps in which that plant is sown.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • "That's almost worse than being taken for one's feathers," said egret.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
  • The train-feathers of the egret add, however, to the apparent size of the bird.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • At a certain time I shot an egret, and prepared to take the skin.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Pyang with French a made as short as possible is the egret's cry.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • The children turned toward the Pelican among the mangrove trees, crowded with nests of egret and heron and rosy hornbill.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • You can grow up to be beautiful, and look beautiful, without wearing these egret feathers.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • On her head was the royal circlet of egret plumes nodding above the yellow circlet of the Sun.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for egret

egret

/ˈiːɡrɪt/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C15: from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron heron, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaroheron
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Word Origin and History for egret
n.

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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