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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.
Great egrets and cattle egrets, for example, often have enough food for only two chicks, although a mom egret typically bears three.
The snowy egret catches its meal by raking its feet through shallow water.
In the latest survey, conducted on May 2, the number of great egret nests decreased slightly from 185 to 181, and the number of black-crowned night-heron nests dropped from 67 to 48, compared to the survey conducted in May 2012.
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The egret was placed in an oxygen cage, where later that day it was found dead.
A small number of North Wales's young little egrets were ringed this summer and have already been reported in Co Antrim, Isle of Man and around the North West within three months of fledging.
Year 10 art and design pupils are teaming up with Mr Egret and celebrity chef Paul Askew, from the London Carriage Works restaurant at Hope Street hotel, Liverpool.
BASKING sharks, little egrets, the Glanville fritillary butterfly and the Celtic sea slug could all be winners in a changing climate, the National Trust report says.
They place the Cattle Egret (previously Bubulcus ibis), Great Egret (previously Egretta or Casmerodius alba), and Intermediate Egret (previously Egretta intermedia) into genus Ardea.