Definition of Plumage

1. Noun. The light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds.

Definition of Plumage

1. n. The entire clothing of a bird.

Definition of Plumage

1. Noun. Feathers, either covering a bird or used ornamentally ¹

2. Noun. Finery or elaborate dress. ¹

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Definition of Plumage

1. the feathers of a bird [n -S] : PLUMAGED [adj]

Medical Definition of Plumage

1. The entire clothing of a bird. 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. Origin: F, from plume a feather. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plumage

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plumage (current term)
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Literary usage of Plumage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1830)
"Calidris. mer plumage. Winter plumage. • Adult in Common Redshank. Sum- i — Female. ... Winter plumage. 11. Tringa in in at a. Little Sandpiper. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1900)
"THE SUMMER MOLTING plumage OF CERTAIN DUCKS. BY WITMER STONE. Of all our ducks I believe there is but one, the Old Squaw, in which the adult male, ..."

3. The Descent of man and selection in relation to sex by Charles Darwin (1909)
"The immature plumage in relation to the character of the plumage in both sexes when adult—Six classes of oases—Sexual differences between tlie trial? ..."

4. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1920)
"While each species has pecularities of plumage at different ages that are ... The large species require a longer time to attain adult plumage than do the ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"There is a tendency towards the assumption of the female plumage by the niales, ... The birds are of large size, close and scant in plumage, with very long ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"The large quill feathers of tail and wing not infrequently possess vanes which are black on one side of the rachis and more like the hybrid general plumage ..."

7. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. by Charles Darwin (1871)
"Before giving the several rather complex rules or classes of cases, under which all the differences in plumage between the young and the old, ..."

8. Field Book of Birds of the Southwestern United States by Roger Tory Peterson, Gilbert Haven Trafton, Luther E. Wyman, Elizabeth F. Burnell (1916)
"The bright colors of plumage found on some birds have been one means of ... The bird passes the winter in this plumage, that of the male and female being ..."

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