[ ploom ]
/ plum /


verb (used with object), plumed, plum·ing.

Nearby words

  1. plumbo-,
  2. plumbous,
  3. plumbous oxide,
  4. plumbum,
  5. plumcot,
  6. plume moth,
  7. plume oneself,
  8. plumed,
  9. plumelet,
  10. plummer block

Origin of plume

1350–1400; earlier plome, plume, Middle English plume < Middle French < Latin plūma soft feather (> Old English plūm-, in plūmfether downy feather)

Related formsplume·less, adjectiveplume·like, adjectivere·plume, verb (used with object), re·plumed, re·plum·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plume


/ (pluːm) /


verb (tr)

Derived Formsplumeless, adjectiveplumelike, adjective

Word Origin for plume

C14: from Old French, from Latin plūma downy feather

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Word Origin and History for plume
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Science definitions for plume


[ plōōm ]

A feather, especially a large one.
A body of magma that rises from the Earth's mantle into the crust.♦ If a plume rises to the Earth's surface, it erupts as lava. ♦ If it remains below the Earth's surface, it eventually solidifies into a body of rock known as a pluton.
An area in air, water, soil, or rock containing pollutants released from a single source. A plume often spreads in the environment due to the action of wind, currents, or gravity.
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