egret

noun
\ 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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Examples of egret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Save for the egret in one picture, the vistas appear unpopulated, seemingly free from human intrusion. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The flatworm begins its life in a snail, then moves into a California killifish, then to its final destination in the gut of a predatory water bird, such as a heron or egret. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2022 Her throat was like an egret’s, long and graceful and smooth. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The egret who started loudly bedding down in a palm tree next to the Humphreys stage drew the immediate attention of Ray Charles. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Midway through Ray Charles’ typically mesmerizing performance at the intimate outdoor venue on Shelter Island, a large egret swooped down from the sky. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021 Mediterranean species such as the European bee-eater and little egret are now reaching the UK, France, and the Netherlands, mainly due to milder winters. Phoebe Weston, Wired, 12 Dec. 2020 Nearby, Stephen Vara, dressed in a blonde wig and Betty Grable eyelashes, mimes shooting the egret with his parasol. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 20 Sep. 2020 By Ellery Akers There was a moment when shooting egrets for feathers became wrong. Ellery Akers, New York Times, 7 May 2020 See More

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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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“Egret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egret. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for egret

egret

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

Kids Definition of egret

: a heron with usually white feathers

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