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  1. the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.
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Origin of pelage

1820–30; < French, derivative of poil (Old French peil, pel; see poilu); see -age
Related formspe·la·gi·al [puh-ley-jee-uh l] /pəˈleɪ dʒi əl/, adjective
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Related Words for pelage

leather, wool, fur, skin, jacket, coat, pelt, fleece, shell, hide, crust, husk, scale, membrane, rind, integument, pellicle, epidermis, felt, ectoderm

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British Dictionary definitions for pelage


  1. the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
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Word Origin for pelage

C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for pelage


"coat of a mammal," from French pelage "hair or wool of an animal" (16c.), from Old French pel "hair," from Latin pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)).

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