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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Egret  \E"gret\,  n.  [See  {Aigret},  {Heron}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  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,  or 
  Herodias,  egretta});  the  great  egret  ({A.  alba});  the 
  little  egret  ({A.  garzetta}),  of  Europe;  and  the  American 
  snowy  egret  ({A.  candidissima}). 
 
  A  bunch  of  egrets  killed  for  their  plumage.  --G.  W. 
  Cable. 
 
  2.  A  plume  or  tuft  of  feathers  worn  as  a  part  of  a  headdress, 
  or  anything  imitating  such  an  ornament;  an  aigrette. 
 
  3.  (Bot.)  The  flying  feathery  or  hairy  crown  of  seeds  or 
  achenes,  as  the  down  of  the  thistle. 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  kind  of  ape. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  egret 
  n  :  any  of  various  usually  white  herons  having  long  plumes 
  during  breeding  season 




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