egret

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noun \ ˈē-grət , -ˌgret also i-ˈgret , ˈe-grət \

Definition of egret

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

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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


EGRET Defined for English Language Learners

egret

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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


EGRET Defined for Kids

egret

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noun \ ˈē-grət , i-ˈgret \

Definition of egret for Students

:a heron with usually white feathers


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