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filoplume

[fil-uh-ploom, fahy-luh-]
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noun Ornithology.
  1. a specialized, hairlike feather having a slender shaft with few or no barbs.

Origin of filoplume

1880–85; < New Latin filopluma, equivalent to Latin fīl(um) a thread + -o- -o- + plūma plume
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British Dictionary definitions for filoplume

filoplume

noun
  1. ornithol any of the hairlike feathers that lack vanes and occur between the contour feathers

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin fīloplūma, from Latin fīlum thread + plūma feather
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