Pronunciation key

( ēgrit )
( ēgrit )

e•gret [pl. EGRETS (-gritz, retz)].


[ME. egrete Fr. aigrette, a kind of heron, tuft of feathers; Pr. aigreta < aigron OHG. haigiro, heron].

  1. Any of the variegated species of heron species with long white plumes.
  2. Such a plume: usually aigrette.
Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Class Aves – Birds
Order Pelecaniformes – Pelicans, Ibises, ibis, Herons, hérons
Family Ardeidae Leach, 1820 – Bitterns, Egrets, Herons
Direct Children:
Subfamily Ardeinae Leach, 1820
Subfamily Botaurinae Reichenbach, 1850
Subfamily Cochleariinae Chenu & Des Murs, 1854
Subfamily Tigrisomatinae


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Ardeidae, Leach, 1820, Taxonomic Serial No.: 174771
  • Great Egret
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