Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pelage

[pel-ij]
noun
  1. the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pelagial

pelage

noun
  1. the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
Show More

Word Origin

C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pelagial

pelage

n.

"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)).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper