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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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[ˈiːgret] Ngarceta f
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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.
Following Cattle Egret in 2017 and Spoonbill in 2018, Great White Egrets are nesting on the nature reserve, with a pair feeding two young there this week.
Numbers of their close cousins, the little egrets, have also been increasing and now it's common to spot anyone virtually anywhere in a pond or stream in the Cleveland area.
"The most surprising bird we've found over the last year has to be the little egret, which I believe might be the second or third ever record of the bird in Salford.
The report, by the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, says: "Little egret numbers in the county continue to rise."
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.
"The Egret's Plumes" is an inspiring, allegorical narrative that illuminates the pitfalls awaiting immoral acts and the saving virtues of selflessness and compassion.
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).