snowy egret

noun

Definition of snowy egret

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

Examples of snowy egret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 At the Westboro Wildlife Area, there was a snowy egret and a dickcissel. BostonGlobe.com, 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, SFChronicle.com, 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, SFChronicle.com, 22 Dec. 2019 The American avocet continued at Forest Beach in Chatham, where birders also noted a marbled godwit, 20 snowy egrets, and a glossy ibis. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2019 There was a paddling of ducks drifting about, a single cormorant, a great blue heron watching from a nearby eucalyptus tree, a snowy egret and a couple of juvenile night herons pocking around at the water’s edge. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2019 Birds that spend their winters in Florida, such as the snowy egret, often contract the disease when bitten by infected mosquitoes, then migrate in the spring to Connecticut and other New England states. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of snowy egret

1859, in the meaning defined above

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25 Sep 2021

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“Snowy egret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowy%20egret. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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