aigret

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aigret a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aigret A plume or tuft for the head composed of feathers, or of gems, etc.
    • Aigret (Bot) A tuft like that of the egret.
    • Aigret (Zoöl) The small white European heron. See Egret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aigret The small white heron. See egret.
    • n aigret A plume composed of feathers arranged in imitation of the feathers on the head of the heron, and worn on helmets or by ladies as a part of their head-dress, etc.
    • n aigret A copy in jewelry of such a plume, often so made that the seeming feathers tremble with the movements of the wearer, causing the gems to sparkle.
    • n aigret In botany, same as egret.
    • n aigret In ichthyology, a labroid fish, Lachnolæmus maximus, better known as the hogfish (which see).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a sort of white heron, with a tuft of feathers on its head; a tuft of feathers; dim. of the same word as heron,. See Heron, and cf. Egret Egrette

Usage

In literature:

An aigret in her hair twinkled knowingly above her coarse, painted face.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
Hablar-birds and aigrets squabbled over bits of rice and wild fruits.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
What an aigret is, how obtained, and from what bird.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
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In poetry:

The panes were sweated with the dawn;
Yet through their dimness, shriveled drawn,
The aigret of one princess-feather,
One monk's-hood tuft with oilets wan,
I glimpsed, dead in the slaying weather.
"Uncertainty" by Madison Julius Cawein