Egret meaning

ēgrĭt, ĕgrĭt
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Any of several herons (esp. genus Egretta), usually with long, white plumes.
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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.
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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.
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A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
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(botany) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, such as the down of the thistle.
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Origin of egret

  • Middle English from Old French aigrette from Old Provençal aigreta from aigron heron of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman egret, Old French aigrette (“egret”), from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron (“heron”), from Frankish *haigro (“heron”). Cognate with Old High German heigaro (“heron”), Old English hrāgra (“heron”). More at heron.

    From Wiktionary