\ˈē-grət, -ˌgret also i-ˈgret, ˈe-grət \

Definition of egret 

: any of various herons that bear long plumes during the breeding season

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Rockport-Fulton The still-recovering coastal community's Rockport Beach Park offers close observations of egrets, terns, gulls, plovers, sandpipers and a blanket of nesting black skimmers. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 There were tall, delicate white birds — egrets? — in the Clam Creek marsh; a paddock full of horses at Three Oaks farm (available for sunset beach rides); and tiny, toylike private airplanes parked in the shade at the Jekyll Island Airport. Jenna Russell,, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 Hundreds of egrets, herons, geese, pelicans, ducks and other winged visitors stop off at the lake during migrations. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Oakland’s sanctuary: A century of Lake Merritt photos pulled from archive," 20 June 2018 Dozens of other bird species call the park home year round, including night herons, great white egrets, kingfishers and the delta’s year-round resident flock of greater flamingos. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 Resident birds include teal, egrets, herons, hawks, woodpeckers and songbirds. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 The egret was found struggling with the line by someone at the lake and brought to Animal Services on May 31, said Christina Valentine, Animal Services manager. Stephen English, star-telegram, "This egret swallowed discarded fishing line. Remember 'Don't Mess with Texas'?," 13 June 2018 More than 300 species have been spotted here, from egrets and herons to grebes and golden eagles. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "By boat, bike or foot, Horicon Marsh is a Wisconsin treasure," 31 May 2018 Privacy - Terms The large pink wader’s appearance also highlights the beginning of the annual post-breeding dispersal of southern herons, egrets, spoonbills, and storks north into the piedmont of the Carolinas. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Another rarity shows up: A roseate spoonbill," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of egret

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for egret

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan *aigreta, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heigaro heron

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English Language Learners Definition of egret

: a large, long-legged bird that has a long neck and bill and usually white feathers


\ˈē-grət, i-ˈgret\

Kids Definition of egret

: a heron with usually white feathers

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