pelage

noun

pel·​age ˈpe-lij How to pronounce pelage (audio)
: the hairy covering of a mammal

Example Sentences

color variation in the snow leopard's pelage
Recent Examples on the Web Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 Some exhibit a pale gray pelage similar to western coyotes, but others are blond, red, and even black. Popular Science, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pelage was in 1734

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Cite this Entry

“Pelage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelage. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pelage

noun

pel·​age ˈpel-ij How to pronounce pelage (audio)
: the hairy covering of an animal

Medical Definition

pelage

noun

pel·​age ˈpel-ij How to pronounce pelage (audio)
: the hairy covering of a mammal

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