plum·​age | \ ˈplü-mij How to pronounce plumage (audio) \

Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

Other Words from plumage

plumaged \ ˈplü-​mijd How to pronounce plumage (audio) \ adjective

Examples of plumage in a Sentence

The peacock has colorful plumage.
Recent Examples on the Web All of them brought an exacting eye to their designs; each worked in concert with a fashion industry that was built on social rules, gender dictates and the notion that attire was fundamentally a kind of feminine plumage. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 There’s also a 223-foot-long mural by artist Jane Kim that shows the year-long transformation of the area’s migratory birds, whose plumage changes seasonally to attract mates. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 21 Apr. 2022 The Lilac Breasted Roller is named for the flashy African bird whose plumage just happens to bear the Carnival colors of green, purple and gold. Robin Catalano, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2022 Known for their golden head and black plumage, the species flies with a sort of herd mentality, the ornithologist said. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 The brilliantly incisive hypothesis of the late sociologist Charles Tilly was that the tyrant merely represents, in more vivid plumage, the nature of leadership in any modern state. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 But my favorite parts focused on specific domestic pigeon breeds and on the colors, patterns and the genetics of their plumage, eyes — and even their toenails. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Now, some new research suggests flying creatures that dominated prehistoric skies millions of years ago had colorful plumage, too – and were even able to change those colors. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Scientists were able to find indisputable proof that females did not have this ornamental plumage. Katie Hunt, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plumage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plumage

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from plume feather — more at plume

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plum·​age | \ ˈplü-mij How to pronounce plumage (audio) \

Kids Definition of plumage

: the feathers of a bird

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