\ ˈē-grət How to pronounce egret (audio) , -ˌgret also i-ˈgret How to pronounce egret (audio) , ˈe-grət How to pronounce egret (audio) \

Definition of egret

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

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In spring and fall, birdwatchers flock to the lagoon and its salt marshes (a natural reserve) on boat safaris to see over 400 species, from white egrets to pink flamingoes that make the migration on the east-Atlantic route. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 Some airports with particularly stubborn birds are forced to get creative: Salt Lake City’s airport deploys pigs to eat up gull eggs, and border collies chase away herons and egrets at Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airports Keep Birds Away," 5 Nov. 2018 Delicate and adorned with wispy white feathers that wouldn’t come cheap, this aigrette (the French word for egret) would rest atop the head of a rich and fashionable society figure. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birds," 15 May 2018 Gaze over the gunwales and listen: There’s an egret rookery out on Indian Island. Robert Earle Howells,, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 McHale Park An observation deck is perfect for searching for birds such as the American white pelican, herons and egrets. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 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

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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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The first known use of egret was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce egret (audio) , i-ˈgret\

Kids Definition of egret

: a heron with usually white feathers

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