a hat with bright ostrich plumes
the Nobel Prize for Literature is the plume that all authors covet Verb
that jerk plumes himself on his supposed athletic skills
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In this case, the innermost jet plumes have been measured at a velocity of 48 to 60 miles per second.—Michael Kan, PCMAG, 14 Sep. 2023 Even his dahlias, plump like pincushions in plumes of white, purple and pink, took home first prize.—Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 The volcanic eruption shot gas and ash 36 miles up into Earth’s mesosphere, higher than the plume from any other volcano on record.—Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 7 Sep. 2023 The female plumes are much bigger and more wispy-looking.—Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 Known for the plumes of fog that build up in the valleys between the mountains — settling like smoke over the peaks — the Smokies are teeming with plant and animal life as well as southern culture.—Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 As fires have burned to the north and west of New Orleans, smoke plumes have entered the city at times, reducing air quality.—Amudalat Ajasa, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Aug. 2023 The footprints are everywhere: from the leaky pipelines and cargo trains that unleash toxic plumes above Ohio one month to explosive chemicals mysteriously disappearing across Western plains the next.—Matthew King, The New Republic, 18 Aug. 2023 In the late 1800s, great egrets were hunted nearly to extinction because their plumes were prized for ladies’ hats.—Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023
High above her a column of black smoke plumed over the trees.—Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 3 May 2023 Not known for subtlety, Derby hats this year offered a range of colors and fabrics, from elegant to loud, floral to plumed and everything in between.—The Styles Desk, New York Times, 6 May 2023 Crist explained to The Enquirer that acid rain often becomes a concern when there are continuous emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which typically originate from power plants with large smokestacks that push smoke plumes upward at high velocities.—Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 17 Feb. 2023 The initial eruption produced a ~15 kilometers plume that towered over the region and dumped upwards of 40 centimeters of ash and larger volcanic debris on some areas.—Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 23 Apr. 2015 Its most interesting ideas plume briefly, only to fizzle out like far-off firecrackers.—Jessica Kiang, Variety, 13 June 2022 The map becomes distorted, and the insect no longer associates that plume with the flower.—Jennifer Clare Ball, Wired, 25 Feb. 2022 Toilet plume aside, Winner says the steel surfaces, doorknobs, and toilet handles in a public restroom pose the greatest risk.—Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 16 June 2020 Patrick still painted, filling the family home with idyllic landscapes: a single cabin in the mountains with smoke pluming from its chimney, or a lone figure in a canoe paddling through the wilderness.—Alex Perry, Outside Online, 24 July 2019 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pluma small soft feather — more at fleece