- the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.
Origin of pelage
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Individual gorillas were identified by face shape, body shape, and pelage coloration.How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola
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The pelage of juveniles is usually finer and softer than the pelage of adults.
There is a gradual change in the color of the pelage from north to south.
On most of these mammals the pelage is the finest during November and December.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
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Specimens in the summer pelage are much to be desired from Fort Franklin.
The winter pelage is brown in all specimens at most localities.
- the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for pelage
"coat of a mammal," from French pelage "hair or wool of an animal" (16c.), from Old French pel "hair," from Latin pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)).
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