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juvenal plumage

[ joo-vuh-nl ]
/ ˈdʒu və nl /
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noun Ornithology.
the first plumage of birds, composed of contour feathers, which in certain species follows the naked nestling stage and in other species follows the molt of natal down.
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Origin of juvenal plumage

<Latin juvenālis youthful, equivalent to juven(is) young man or woman + -ālis-al1

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