pelage

noun
pel·​age | \ˈpe-lij \

Definition of pelage 

: the hairy covering of a mammal

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Synonyms for pelage

Synonyms

coat, fleece, fur, hair, jacket, pile, wool

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Examples of pelage in a Sentence

color variation in the snow leopard's pelage

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His blond, fuzzy natal pelage has given way to the lush, chocolate brown coat of an adult. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "From Seattle to Vancouver: See how Rialto the otter, once near death, is thriving," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pelage

1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pelage

French, from Middle French, from poil hair, from Old French peil, from Latin pilus

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pelage

noun
pel·​age | \ˈpel-ij \

Medical Definition of pelage 

: the hairy covering of a mammal

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