filoplume

[ fil-uh-ploom, fahy-luh- ]
/ ˈfɪl əˌplum, ˈfaɪ lə- /

noun Ornithology.

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

Nearby words

  1. filmstrip,
  2. filmy,
  3. filmy fern,
  4. filo,
  5. filofax,
  6. filopodium,
  7. filopressure,
  8. filoque,
  9. filose,
  10. filoselle

Origin of filoplume

1880–85; < New Latin filopluma, equivalent to Latin fīl(um) a thread + -o- -o- + plūma plume

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British Dictionary definitions for filoplume

filoplume

/ (ˈfɪləˌpluːm, ˈfaɪ-) /

noun

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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