1. [syn: aigrette, aigret]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Aigret \Ai"gret\, Aigrette \Ai*grette\, n. [F., a sort of white
heron, with a tuft of feathers on its head; a tuft of
feathers; dim. of the same word as heron. See Heron, and
cf. Egret, Egrette.]
1. (Zool.) The small white European heron. See Egret.
2. A plume or tuft for the head composed of feathers, or of
gems, etc. --Prescott.
3. A tuft like that of the egret. (Bot.) A feathery crown of
seed; egret; as, the aigrette or down of the dandelion or
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a long plume (especially one of egret feathers) worn on a
hat or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a plume [syn: