Definition of egret
: any of various herons that bear long plumes during the breeding season
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In the past year, animal control has seen several species of pigs, a bald eagle, a large wading bird of some sort — which was like an egret but not — ferrets, guinea pigs, various lizards and an alligator.
On a recent Saturday morning, volunteers Lee and Connie Witkowski of Lemont helped visitors by aiming one scope at a white egret feeding her nestlings, and the other at visiting mute swans in the water.
The area is known for its 50 miles of sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, like egrets, roseate spoonbills, and dolphins in the gulf, Donlan said.
In Peyriac and Bages, boardwalks lead out over a network of lagoons that are favored hangouts of pink flamingos—the stars—and less renowned but equally handsome egrets and herons that nest here, too.
In addition to migratory ducks such as blue-winged teal during the fall and winter, the basin should have a variety of wading birds such as herons, egrets and wood storks.
The killing got so out of hand that the gulf’s population of snowy egrets dipped below the population of the endangered American bison.
Two small islands off the Milford and Westbrook shores have been closed to the public to protect nesting birds that include snowy and great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Thursday.
There was abundant wildlife along its banks, a great many large fish and flocks of snowy egrets that would take off in the early morning in spectacular clouds of white.
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Origin and Etymology of egret
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan *aigreta, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heigaro heron
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of egret for English Language Learners
: a large, long-legged bird that has a long neck and bill and usually white feathers
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Definition of egret for Students
: a heron with usually white feathers
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