\ 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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Piping plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, herons and egrets are particularly vulnerable. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Their numbers in the U.S. are still relatively small compared to such species as herons and egrets. Anders Gyllenhaal,, "For one rare bird, flight from South Florida’s changing climate sparks a surprising revival," 29 June 2019 The big bird earns its keep by warding off a real egret that has its eye on the koi. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Highland Park gardener invites us into her own Shangri-la," 15 June 2019 But the discovery of egret eggs halted the plan’s quick implementation. Elaine Ayala,, "City, military officials took wrong route to Elmendorf’s bird island," 8 June 2019 The refuge is working to restore heron and egret nesting grounds on the islands. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Trump administration proposes hunting, fishing expansion in Bay Area wildlife refuges," 6 June 2019 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

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

Kids Definition of egret

: a heron with usually white feathers

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