eclipse plumage


nounOrnithology.
  1. the dull plumage developed in some brightly colored birds after the breeding season.

Origin of eclipse plumage

1
First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for eclipse plumage

eclipse plumage

noun
  1. seasonal plumage that occurs in certain birds after the breeding plumage and before the winter plumage: characterized by dull coloration

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