great egret

noun

Definition of great egret

: a large white heron (Ardea alba synonym Casmerodius albus) with a yellow bill and black legs and feet that occurs in New and Old World temperate and tropical regions

Examples of great egret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Pittsfield, observers saw a great egret, a northern shoveler, and an osprey at Lake Pontoosuc. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021 Reports featured a great egret in Pittsfield, ospreys in Pittsfield and Richmond, a cackling goose in South Egremont, and a late indigo bunting in Williamstown. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 Suddenly, a great egret landed on the grass about 10 yards from me and slowly walked the length of the yard, looking for breakfast. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 20 July 2021 In the Berkshires, three merlins were seen in Williamstown, a least bittern in Richmond, three red crossbills in Pittsfield, and a great egret and short-billed dowitcher in Sheffield. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Hampden County highlights featured a great egret, two dickcissels, and a blue grosbeak in Southwick, an acadian flycatcher in Granville, and five upland sandpipers in the Westover Grasslands in Chicopee. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 Juvenile little blue herons are half the size of a great egret. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 11 July 2018 Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, 23 May 2018 Snowy egret, not to be confused with the much larger and more common great egret, is a nice bird to see anytime in the area. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, 16 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of great egret

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Great egret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great%20egret. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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