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Meaning of PLUME

Pronunciation:  ploom

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
  2. [n]  a feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament
  3. [v]  dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
  4. [v]  form a plume; "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"
  5. [v]  clean with one's bill, of birds
  6. [v]  deck with a plume, as of a helmet
  7. [v]  be proud of; "He prides himself on making it into law school"
  8. [v]  rip off; ask an unreasonable price

PLUME is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: congratulate, dress, feather, fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plumage, preen, preen, pride, primp, rob, soak, surcharge
 Antonyms: undercharge
 See Also: adornment, aftershaft, aigret, aigrette, alula, animal material, arrange, attire, bastard wing, beat, bedeck, bedight, bill, bird, body covering, calamus, ceratin, charge, cheat, chisel, clean, contour feather, deck, deck out, deck up, down, down feather, dress up, experience, extort, fancy up, feel, fig out, fig up, flight feather, form, get up, gouge, gussy up, hackle, keratin, make clean, marabou, melanin, overdress, panache, pinion, prink, quill, quill feather, rack, rig out, rip off, scapular, set up, shaft, shape, spurious wing, tog out, tog up, trick out, trick up, vane, web, wring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Plume\, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. {Fly}, v.]
    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
       some plume.'' --Milton.
    5. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence
       resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large
       ornamental grasses.
    {Plume bird} (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}).
    {Plume grass}. (Bot)
       (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 {E. Ravenn[ae]} from the Mediterranean
           region. The name is sometimes extended to the whole
    {Plume moth} (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
    {Plume nutmeg} (Bot.), an aromatic Australian tree
       ({Atherosperma moschata}), whose numerous carpels are
       tipped with long plumose persistent styles.
  2. \Plume\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Pluming}.] [Cf. F. plumer to pluck, to strip, L. plumare to
    cover with feathers.]
    1. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or
             Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers. --W.
    2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage;
       also, to peel. [Obs.] --Bacon. Dryden.
    3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. ``Farewell the plumed
       troop.'' --Shak.
    4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he
       plumes himself on his skill. --South.
    {Plumed adder} (Zo["o]l.), an African viper ({Vipera, or
       Clotho cornuta}), having a plumelike structure over each
       eye. It is venomous, and is related to the African puff
       adder. Called also {horned viper} and {hornsman}.
    {Plumed partridge} (Zo["o]l.), the California mountain quail
       ({Oreortyx pictus}). See {Mountain quail}, under
Thesaurus Terms
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