• WordNet 3.6
    • n egret any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Egret (Zoöl) A kind of ape.
    • Egret A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
    • Egret (Bot) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, as the down of the thistle.
    • Egret (Zoöl) The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret (Ardea egretta syn. Herodias egretta); the great egret (Ardea alba); the little egret (Ardea garzetta), of Europe; and the American snowy egret (Ardea candidissima). "A bunch of egrets killed for their plumage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n egret A name common to those species of herons which have long, loose-webbed plumes, forming tufts on the head and neck, or a flowing train from the back.
    • n egret A heron's plume.
    • n egret A topknot, plume, or bunch of long feathers upon the head of a bird; a plumicorn: as, the egrets of an owl.
    • n egret Same as aigret, 2.
    • n egret In botany, the flying, feathery, or hairy down of seeds, as the down of the thistle.
    • n egret A monkey, Macacus cynomolgus, an East Indian species commonly seen in confinement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Egret ē′gret a form of aigrette.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Aigret Heron


In literature:

This Egret is very abundant along the whole Gulf coast, but especially so in Texas.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Wood-ducks and egrets, in small flocks, inhabited the forest.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
Roseate flamingoes and ibises, lovely egrets, storks and cranes and herons, were to be seen decking the shallows.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
In the mists of dawn he brought her back, through the forest, serenaded by its invisible choir of egrets and whistling frogs.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
Now come those beautiful birds, the Egrets.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
The lakelets and the river reaches were alive with the heron and the egret.
"The Crooked Stick" by Rolf Boldrewood
In stormy weather the egrets leave the seaside and fly up into the country to fish in the streams.
"Jamaican Song and Story" by Walter Jekyll
A splendid bird it was; the white heron or great egret, a rare species, even then, though not so rate as now.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
EGRET, Indian, sexes and young of, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
Storks and the little egret are common, while the rosy spoon-bill and flamingo, although very shy, are seen occasionally.
"Blanco y Colorado" by William C. Tetley

In poetry:

What magic shall solve us the secret
Of beauty that's born for an hour?
That gleams like the flight of an egret,
Or burns like the scent of a flower,
With death for a dower?
"Interpreted" by Madison Julius Cawein
A shallow lake, with many waterbirds,
especially egrets: I was showing Mother around,
An extraordinary vivid dream
of Betty & Douglass, and Don—his mother's estate
was on the grounds of a lunatic asylum.
He showed me around.
"Dream Song 101: A shallow lake, with many waterbirds" by John Berryman

In news:

Snowy Egret John James Audubon .
They are resident birds, as common in local marshes as egrets and seagulls, and about as exotic.
FRUGAL traveling doesn't get much better than this: a deserted Caribbean beach, and back roads that wind through forests where wild horses run free and egrets glide above the mangroves edging the water.
One of the rarest and most beautiful egrets in the United States is beginning its annual nesting season in the Rio Grande Valley.
And that is how the townspeople like it — especially if it means no migrating egrets and herons making the small Colusa County town home for the summer.
Egrets were flying low overhead as we rumbled down the slippery dirt road in Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, closed only days before due to flooding from the recent storm.
We stopped at a spot that had a few Reddish Egrets, and I set up my camera gear.
Watch egrets, white pelicans and other birds in a feeding frenzy.
I enjoyed a wonderful late afternoon photographing a few egrets in the shallow ocean waters.
18307 Egret Bay Blvd Houston, TX 77058.
With Action Bronson, 8 pm Monday, November 19, at Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd, Clear Lake, 281-335-0002 or
In the back yard, high in a pine tree, a lone egret perches, studying something in the distance.
Fall migration hasn't yet wound down and it's a common sight to see great egrets and great blue herons at the Kino Environmental Restoration Project, north ofAjo Wayand part of the Kino Sports Complex.
I love seeing the sun reflected off the spreading wakes of old shrimp boats returning with the day's catch while snowy white egrets feed in lush salt marshes.
Snowy egret, Robinson Preserve MARC R MASFERRER — Bradenton Herald.

In science:

So far, millisecond pulsars eluded the detection in gamma rays and just upper limits have been available for a handful of them from EGRET observations .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Open triangles are the EGRET upper limits after for 350 ob jects, including seven millisecond pulsars.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
Sensitivities of EGRET as well as three ma jor HE and VHE experiments of the future are also indicated.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
The EGRET instrument is the focus of Part I of this work.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
EGRET observations of pulsars will be discussed in Chapter 4.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction