- the entire feathery covering of a bird.
- feathers collectively.
Origin of plumage
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Examples from the Web for plumage
Every sort of pelt, skin, or plumage was part of this collection.Milan Fashion Week’s Big Finale: Versace and Dolce & Gabbana Wow, While Armani Falls Short
February 27, 2012
The Cowell of yesteryear has plenty of time to return in all his plumage.Ellen's First Night
February 9, 2010
The tresses of this lady were shining and black, like the plumage of the raven.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Only he had changed his plumage and she called him Friendship.The Incomplete Amorist
One day may be grey like steel, and another grey like dove's plumage.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Its plumage is rose-coloured, the wings being brighter than any other part.
Their plumage is quite beautiful, and so changeable that no painting can imitate it.
- the layer of feathers covering the body of a bird
C15: from Old French, from plume feather, from Latin plūma down
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Word Origin and History for plumage
late 14c., "feathers," from Old French plumage "plumage, appearance" (14c.), from plume (see plume (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The covering of feathers on a bird.
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