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[in-doo-men-tuh m, -dyoo-]
noun, plural in·du·men·ta [in-doo-men-tuh, -dyoo-] /ˌɪn dʊˈmɛn tə, -dyʊ-/, in·du·men·tums. Botany, Zoology.
  1. a dense, hairy covering.
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Origin of indumentum

1840–50; < New Latin, Latin: “garment, covering,” equivalent to Latin induere “to put on, don” (ind-, by-form of in- in-2 + -uere, from a Proto-Indo-European root eu- “to dress”; cf. exuviae) + -mentum -ment
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Historical Examples

  • Calabre appears to have been a kind of fur: a document in Rymer, quoted by Ducange, speaks of an indumentum foderatum cum Calabre.

    The Vision and Creed of Piers Ploughman, Volume II of II

    William Langland

British Dictionary definitions for indumentum


noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums
  1. an outer covering, such as hairs or down on a plant or leaf, feathers, fur, etc
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Word Origin

C19: Latin, literally: garment
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