Definition of great egret in English:

great egret

noun

  • A large white heron of North and South America. Its yellow bill turns orange when breeding.

    Also called American egret
    • ‘Flying over the Everglades, passengers might expect to see a flock of great egrets or a twisted mangrove forest.’
    • ‘Majestic great egrets, stark white against a backdrop of greens, browns, and blues, stood like motionless ballet dancers along the water's edge.’
    • ‘But my attention is riveted by the huge - and noisy - colony of great egrets roosting on nearby Indian Island.’
    • ‘As we walked back to the truck we saw a great egret flying over.’
    • ‘There, the tidal waters of Bolinas Lagoon harbor one of the richest concentrations of bird life in California, attracting more than 75 species and 15,000 individuals annually, including an abundance of great egrets.’