Ardea candidissima
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 egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta}); the great egret ({Ardea alba}); the little egret ({Ardea garzetta}), of Europe; and the American snowy egret ({Ardea candidissima}). [1913 Webster]

A bunch of egrets killed for their plumage. --G. W. Cable. [1913 Webster]

2. A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, as the down of the thistle. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A kind of ape. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ardea candidissima — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea candidissima — Snowy Snow y, a. 1. White like snow. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. The snowy top of cold Olympus. Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea candidissima — Plume Plume, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. {Fly}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather. [1913 Webster] Wings . . . of many a colored plume. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) An… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea cinerea — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea coerulea — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea herodias — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea virescens — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea alba — 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 egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea egretta — 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 egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea garzetta — 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 egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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