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From French aigrette ‘egret’.

Singular
aigrette

Plural
aigrettes

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.
    • 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)

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