[ ploo-mij ]
/ ˈplu mɪdʒ /


the entire feathery covering of a bird.
feathers collectively.

Origin of plumage

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French. See plume, -age

Related forms

plum·aged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plumage


/ (ˈpluːmɪdʒ) /


the layer of feathers covering the body of a bird

Word Origin for plumage

C15: from Old French, from plume feather, from Latin plūma down
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Science definitions for plumage


[ plōōmĭj ]

The covering of feathers on a bird.

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