\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web By Ellery Akers There was a moment when shooting egrets for feathers became wrong. Ellery Akers, New York Times, "A Poem About Changing Course," 7 May 2020 Because water refraction distorts the location of fish, much as a pencil in a glass of water looks bent, egrets must use a complicated stance to correct for the illusion when hunting prey. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows.," 20 May 2020 An egret searches for breakfast on a foggy morning at Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "Marin and UCSF differ on whether isolated Bolinas can be declared free of coronavirus," 29 Apr. 2020 The egret has landed, thanks to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which offers eight landscapes, including two of the stately suspension bridge. Washington Post, "Even if you can’t travel, your Zoom meetings can," 15 Apr. 2020 Feathered friends: Over the years there has been Ahab the one-legged Heermann’s gull, Sylvester the night heron, Wee Willie the snowy egret, Nasty the blue heron, Big Ernie the giant egret and many others. Tom Stienstra,, "A Sunday getaway to the “Bird Show” at Loch Lomond Harbor," 22 Dec. 2019 The egret was unable to stand or eat on its own and died four days later. Jenny Staletovich,, "Florida’s red tide is back. Rare bird species is latest victim," 2 Dec. 2019 Like other wading birds, reddish egrets were nearly hunted to extinction during the plume trade. Jenny Staletovich,, "Florida’s red tide is back. One of North America’s rarest bird species is among its latest victims," 30 Nov. 2019 Marine birds also included mallards, common scoters (a large sea duck), geese, cormorants, gannets, shags, auks, egrets and loons. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "European Neanderthals ate fresh seafood, which may have given their brains a boost," 26 Mar. 2020

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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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7 Jun 2020

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“Egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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