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verb (used with object), de·plumed, de·plum·ing.
  1. to deprive of feathers; pluck.
  2. to strip of honor, wealth, etc.
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Origin of deplume

1375–1425; late Middle English deplumen < Medieval Latin dēplūmāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + plūm(a) feather (see plume) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsde·plu·ma·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deplumation


verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of feathers; pluck
  2. to deprive of honour, position, wealth, etc
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Derived Formsdeplumation, noun
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deplumation in Medicine


  1. The falling out or loss of the eyelashes.
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