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Definition of egret:

  1. A kind of ape.
  2. A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress, or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
  3. The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or achenes, as the down of the thistle.
  4. 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, / Herodias, egretta); the great egret ( A. alba); the little egret ( A. garzetta), of Europe; and the American snowy egret ( A. candidissima).

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