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egret (n.)

mid-14c., from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron "heron," perhaps of Germanic origin (compare Old High German heigaro; see heron).

updated on January 06, 2013

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Definitions of egret from WordNet

egret (n.)
any of various usually white herons having long plumes during breeding season;
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