snowy egret


: a white American egret (Egretta thula) having a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Longmeadow, a snowy egret was seen and a stilt sandpiper was found at the Longmeadow flats., 25 Sep. 2021 At Plum Island, a Western kingbird was present most of last week, along with a snowy egret and a pectoral sandpiper, and another cattle egret has been lingering in the vicinity of Rogers Street in West Newbury., 13 Nov. 2021 At the Longmeadow Flats, were three Northern shovelers, a snowy egret, and a black-bellied plover., 2 Oct. 2021 Interesting reports included a ring-necked duck at Barton’s Cove, a little blue heron in Whately, a snowy egret at the Longmeadow Flats in Longmeadow, four sandhill cranes in Plainfield, an alder flycatcher and two Tennessee warblers in Huntington., 21 Aug. 2021 At the Westboro Wildlife Area, there was a snowy egret and a dickcissel., 28 Aug. 2021 The Victorian taste for big hats with plumage led to near extinction of the Everglades’ snowy egrets and other wading birds, with more than five million birds killed annually by 1900. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2020 Great egrets and snowy egrets, along with blue herons, and the inevitable coot, seem to be year-round residents. Tom Stienstra,, 30 Jan. 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,, 22 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snowy egret was in 1859

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“Snowy egret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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