[ pel-ij ]
/ ˈpɛl ɪdʒ /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pelage


/ (ˈpɛlɪdʒ) /


the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc

Word Origin for pelage

C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair
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