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