plumage

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Plumage \Plum"age\ (pl[=u]m"[asl]j), noun [F., from plume a feather.] (Zool.) The entire clothing of a bird.

Note: It consist of the contour feathers, or the ordinary feathers covering the head, neck, and body; the tail feathers, with their upper and lower coverts; the wing feathers, including primaries, secondaries, and tertiaries, with their coverts; and the down which lies beneath the contour feathers. See Illust. under {Bird}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

plumage

noun

1: the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds [syn: {feather}, {plume}, {plumage}]


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