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Definition: Ardea candidissima
, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF.
hairon, F. h['e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan.
heire, Sw. h["a]ger, and also G. h["a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG.
hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G.
reiher, AS. hr[=a]gra. Cf. Aigret
Any wading bird of the genus Ardea
and allied genera, of
the family Ardeid[ae]
. The herons have a long, sharp bill,
and long legs and toes, with the claw of the middle toe
toothed. The common European heron (Ardea cinerea
remarkable for its directly ascending flight, and was
formerly hunted with the larger falcons.
Note: There are several common American species; as, the
great blue heron (Ardea herodias
); the little blue
); the green (Ardea virescens
the snowy (Ardea candidissima
); the night heron or
qua-bird (Nycticorax nycticorax
). The plumed herons
are called egrets
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Erodium
; -- so
called from the fancied resemblance of the fruit to the
head and beak of the heron.
1. White like snow. “So shows a snowy dove trooping with
2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. “The snowy top of
3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless.
There did he lose his snowy innocence. --J. Hall
(Zo["o]l.), a white heron, or egret (Ardea candidissima
), found in the Southern United States, and
southward to Chile; -- called also plume bird
(Zo["o]l.), the collared lemming (Cuniculus torquatus
), which turns white in winter.
(Zo["o]l.), a large arctic owl (Nyctea Scandiaca
, or N. nivea
) common all over the northern
parts of the United States and Europe in winter time. Its
plumage is sometimes nearly pure white, but it is usually
more or less marked with blackish spots. Called also
(Zo["o]l.), a small plover ([AE]gialitis nivosa
) of the western parts of the United States and
Mexico. It is light gray above, with the under parts and
portions of the head white.
, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. Fly
1. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long,
conspicuous, or handsome feather.
Wings . . . of many a colored plume. --Milton.
2. (Zo["o]l.) An ornamental tuft of feathers.
3. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a
waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling
His high plume, that nodded o'er his head. --Dryden.
4. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides
himself; a prize or reward. “Ambitious to win from me
5. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence
resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large
(Zo["o]l.), any bird that yields ornamental
plumes, especially the species of Epimarchus from New
Guinea, and some of the herons and egrets, as the white
heron of Florida (Ardea candidissima
(a) A kind of grass (Erianthus saccharoides
) with the
spikelets arranged in great silky plumes, growing in
swamps in the Southern United States.
(b) The still finer Erianthus Ravenn[ae]
Mediterranean region. The name is sometimes extended
to the whole genus.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous small, slender
moths, belonging to the family Pterophorid[ae]
. Most of
them have the wings deeply divided into two or more
plumelike lobes. Some species are injurious to the
(Bot.), an aromatic Australian tree
), whose numerous carpels are
tipped with long plumose persistent styles.
, n. [See Aigret
1. (Zo["o]l.) 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
A bunch of egrets killed for their plumage. --G. W.
2. A plume or tuft of feathers worn as a part of a headdress,
or anything imitating such an ornament; an aigrette.
3. (Bot.) The flying feathery or hairy crown of seeds or
achenes, as the down of the thistle.
4. (Zo["o]l.) A kind of ape.