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aigrette

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French aigrette (egret).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

aigrette (plural aigrettes)

  1. The lesser white heron; the egret.
  2. A feather or plume, or feather-shaped item, used as an adornment or ornament.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, III.77:
      His turban, furled in many a graceful fold, / An emerald aigrette, with Haidée's hair in't, / Surmounted as its clasp [...].
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 181:
      Young women attired often in nothing more than ostrich-feather aigrettes dyed in colors of doubtful taste ran nubilely up and down the marble staircases, chased by young men in razor-toed ball shoes of patent-leather.
  3. The feathery crown of some seeds (such as the dandelion)
  4. (obsolete) A plume or tuft for the head composed of feathers, or gems, etc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Prescott to this entry?)

ReferencesEdit

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

FrenchEdit

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aigrette

NounEdit

aigrette f (plural aigrettes)

  1. egret (Any of various wading birds of the genera Egretta or Ardea)
  2. pappus
  3. (of certain birds) crest (plumage)
  4. lumex
  5. feather (atop a hat)

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