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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
References in classic literature ?
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 report, by the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, says: "Little egret numbers in the county continue to rise.
A Cattle Egret is at RSPB Cors Ddyga, Pentre Berw, with another two on the Dee estuary.
There are a few obvious differences, the cattle egret having a largely yellow and shorter bill, while it also lacks the little egret's yellow feet.
It may be said that Cattle egret is an insectivorous bird and take food from the agricultural fields in surroundings of study sites.
Ray added: "I'm not sure if the egret expansion is down to climate change, but the climate is suitable for them.
Great Egret Awakening by Zsolt Kudich, and (below) Andrey Gudkov's Komodo Judo
In order to recognize individually all sampled nests of Little Egret and Cattle Egret, we marked each one by a small numbred wooden label (placed below).
White Egrets" indicates that Walcott remembers seeing Audubon's egret "in a book / that, in [his] youth, would open like a lawn" (8).
Double-crested Cormorants were the most widespread nesters (N = 37), followed by Great Blue Heron (N= 26), Great Egret (N=13), Black-crowned Night-Heron (N = 4), Cattle Egret (N=3), and Snowy Egrets (N = 2).