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[ploo-mij] /ˈplu mɪdʒ/
the entire feathery covering of a bird.
feathers collectively.
Origin of plumage
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French. See plume, -age
Related forms
plumaged, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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.

  • 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.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Their plumage is quite beautiful, and so changeable that no painting can imitate it.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Its plumage is a whitish grey; and it is about the size of a capon.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • This bird is noted for the extreme beauty of the male's plumage.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled.


    James Anthony Froude
British Dictionary definitions for plumage


the layer of feathers covering the body of a bird
Word Origin
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
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plumage in Science
The covering of feathers on a bird.
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