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