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 the late 1800s, great egrets were hunted nearly to extinction because their plumes were prized for ladies’ hats. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Two surf scoters at the Quabbin Reservoir, a solitary sandpiper at the Dufresne Park in Granby, a great egret at Lake Wallace in Belchertown, seven sandhill cranes in Worthington, and a pectoral sandpiper on Meadow Street in Amherst. Isabela Rocha,, 8 Apr. 2023 Martha’s Vineyard: A Townsend’s solitaire in the vicinity of the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest headquarters, a great egret at Eel Pond in Edgartown, an American oystercatcher at Joseph Sylvia State Beach, and three common ravens at the Wasque Point Wildlife Management Area. Isabela Rocha,, 4 Mar. 2023 Other sightings around the Cape included a blue-winged teal and 5 Northern pintail in Marstons Mills, a glaucous gull at Corporation Beach in Dennis, a great egret in West Dennis, 2 snowy egrets in Yarmouth, and a short-eared owl in Eastham., 28 Dec. 2022 There was an eastern bluebird bright as the summer sky, a palm warbler with a jaunty chestnut-brown cap, and a snow-white great egret standing 3 feet tall. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 In Pittsfield, observers saw a great egret, a northern shoveler, and an osprey at Lake Pontoosuc., 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., 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great egret was in 1785

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“Great egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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