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aigrette


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aigret  \Ai"gret\,  Aigrette  \Ai*grette\,  n.  [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}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  small  white  European  heron.  See  {Egret}. 
 
  2.  A  plume  or  tuft  for  the  head  composed  of  feathers,  or  of 
  gems,  etc  --Prescott. 
 
  3.  A  tuft  like  that  of  the  egret.  (Bot.)  A  feathery  crown  of 
  seed;  egret;  as  the  aigrette  or  down  of  the  dandelion  or 
  the  thistle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aigrette 
  n  :  a  long  plume  (especially  one  of  egret  feathers)  worn  on  a 
  hat  or  a  piece  of  jewelry  in  the  shape  of  a  plume  [syn:  {aigret}] 




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