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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]
e•gret(ˈi grɪt, ˈɛg rɪt, iˈgrɛt, ˈi grɛt)
1. any of several usu. white herons having long, graceful plumes during the breeding season.
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heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
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