[fil-uh-ploom, fahy-luh-]

noun Ornithology.

a specialized, hairlike feather having a slender shaft with few or no barbs.

Origin of filoplume

1880–85; < New Latin filopluma, equivalent to Latin fīl(um) a thread + -o- -o- + plūma plume Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for filoplume



ornithol any of the hairlike feathers that lack vanes and occur between the contour feathers

Word Origin for filoplume

C19: from New Latin fīloplūma, from Latin fīlum thread + plūma feather
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