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 (ē′grĭt, ĕg′rĭt)
Any of several usually white herons of the genera Ardea, Bubulcus, and Egretta, characteristically having long, showy plumes during the breeding season.

[Middle English, from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron, heron, of Germanic origin.]


(Animals) 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
[C15: from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron heron, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German heigaro heron]


(ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt)

1. any of several usu. white herons having long, graceful plumes during the breeding season.
[1400–50; compare Middle French égreste, aigrette), alter. (with -on exchanged for -et -et) of dial. Old French aigron < Germanic; see heron]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.egret - any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding seasonegret - any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
Egretta thula, snowy egret, snowy heron - small New World egret
Egretta garzetta, little egret - Old World egret
Casmerodius albus, great white heron - widely distributed Old World white egret
American egret, Egretta albus, great white heron - a common egret of the genus Egretta found in America; it is a variety of the Old World white egret Casmerodius albus
Bubulcus ibis, cattle egret - small white egret widely distributed in warm regions often found around grazing animals


[ˈiːgret] Ngarceta f


n (Orn) → Reiher m; (= ornament)Reiherfeder f
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The number of beautiful fishing birds, such as egrets and cranes, and the succulent plants assuming most fantastical forms, gave to the scene an interest which it would not otherwise have possessed.
The newly released 2016 Birds in Northumbria report covering Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland plots the advance of species such as the little egret and the great egret white herons.
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A closer inspection revealed three little egrets had hatched high in the dense cover of trees.
A section on Earth's Diversity includes Zsolt Kudick's Great Egret Awakening in the Red Danube, an ethereal image of about 1,000 birds, some on a lake and some mid flight.
There are only few reports of crested caracara hunting waterbirds white ibis (Eudocimus albus; weight 750-1050 g; Bent 1938), cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis; weight 270512 g; Layne et al.
Also, at Chikli, the height of nest had a significant effect on both initial and final brood size of Little Egrets.
In the opening poem of the "White Egrets" sequence, the egrets "wriggle their beaks and swallow" while the poet contemplates a future when "the morning shadows [will] lengthen across the lawn" and when "you, not they, or you and they, are gone" (6).
Species that occurred in the fewest number of colonies within the study area were Snowy Egrets (N = 4), Black-crowned Night-Herons (N=6), Cattle Egrets (N=7), and Great Egrets (N=ll).