plume

[ ploom ]
/ plum /

noun

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

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Origin of plume

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

OTHER WORDS FROM plume

plumeless, adjectiveplumelike, adjectivere·plume, verb (used with object), re·plumed, re·plum·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for plume

plume
/ (pluːm) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of plume

plumeless, adjectiveplumelike, adjective

Word Origin for plume

C14: from Old French, from Latin plūma downy feather
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Scientific definitions for plume

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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