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."