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Meaning of PLUMAGE

Pronunciation:  'ploomij

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
 

PLUMAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: feather, plume
 
 See Also: aftershaft, alula, animal material, bastard wing, bird, body covering, calamus, ceratin, contour feather, down, down feather, flight feather, hackle, keratin, marabou, melanin, pinion, quill, quill feather, scapular, shaft, spurious wing, vane, web

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Plum"age\, n. [F., from plume a feather.] (Zo["o]l.)
The entire clothing of a bird.

Note: It consist of the contour feathers, or the ordinary
      feathers covering the head, neck, and body; the tail
      feathers, with their upper and lower coverts; the wing
      feathers, including primaries, secondaries, and
      tertiaries, with their coverts; and the down which lies
      beneath the contour feathers. See Illust. under {Bird}.

 

 

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