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eclipse plumage

noun, Ornithology.
the dull plumage developed in some brightly colored birds after the breeding season.
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First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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eclipse plumage

seasonal plumage that occurs in certain birds after the breeding plumage and before the winter plumage: characterized by dull coloration
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