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  1. the entire feathery covering of a bird.
  2. feathers collectively.
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Origin of plumage

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French. See plume, -age
Related formsplum·aged, adjective
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Related Words for plumage

group, shock, collection, cluster, knot, bunch, cowlick, topknot, feathers, ruff, plumage, tussock

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British Dictionary definitions for plumage


  1. the layer of feathers covering the body of a bird
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Word Origin for plumage

C15: from Old French, from plume feather, from Latin plūma down
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Word Origin and History for plumage


late 14c., "feathers," from Old French plumage "plumage, appearance" (14c.), from plume (see plume (n.)).

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plumage in Science


  1. The covering of feathers on a bird.
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