from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The small white heron. See egret.
  • noun A plume composed of feathers arranged in imitation of the feathers on the head of the heron, and worn on helmets or by ladies as a part of their head-dress, etc.
  • noun A copy in jewelry of such a plume, often so made that the seeming feathers tremble with the movements of the wearer, causing the gems to sparkle.
  • noun In botany, same as egret.
  • noun In ichthyology, a labroid fish, Lachnolæmus maximus, better known as the hogfish (which see).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The small white European heron. See egret.
  • noun A plume or tuft for the head composed of feathers, or of gems, etc.
  • noun (Bot.) A tuft like that of the egret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of aigrette.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume


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