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juvenal plumage

[joo-vuh-nl] /ˈdʒu və nl/
noun, Ornithology.
the first plumage of birds, composed of contour feathers, which in certain species follows the naked nestling stage and in other species follows the molt of natal down.
Origin of juvenal plumage
< Latin juvenālis youthful, equivalent to juven(is) young man or woman + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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