- any of several herons (esp. genus Egretta), usually with long, white plumes
- aigrette (sense )
Origin of egretMiddle English ; from Old French aigrette, kind of heron, tuft of feathers ; from ProvenÃ§al aigreta ; from aigron ; from Frankish an unverified form heigro: see heron
Origin of egretMiddle English, from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, from aigron, heron, of Germanic origin.
cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis, in breeding plumage
- Any of various wading birds of the genera Egretta or Ardea that includes herons, many of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes during the breeding season.
- A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
- (botany) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, such as the down of the thistle.