What does plumage mean?

Definitions for plumage
ˈplu mɪdʒplumage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. feather, plume, plumagenoun

    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds

Wiktionary

  1. plumagenoun

    Feathers, either covering a bird or used ornamentally

    Etymology: From plumage (14c.), itself from plume 'feather' (from pluma, "feather, down", from a Proto-Indo-European base *pleus- "to pluck, a feather, fleece") + -age

  2. plumagenoun

    Finery or elaborate dress.

    Etymology: From plumage (14c.), itself from plume 'feather' (from pluma, "feather, down", from a Proto-Indo-European base *pleus- "to pluck, a feather, fleece") + -age

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plumagenoun

    the entire clothing of a bird

    Etymology: [F., from plume a feather.]

Freebase

  1. Plumage

    Plumage refers both to the layer of feathers that cover a bird and the pattern, colour, and arrangement of those feathers. The pattern and colours of plumage vary between species and subspecies and can also vary between different age classes, sexes, and season. Within species there can also be a number of different colour morphs. Differences in plumage are used by ornithologists and birdwatchers to distinguish between species and collect other species specific information.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plumage

    plōōm′āj, n. the whole feathers of a bird. [Fr.,—plume, a feather.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plumage in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plumage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of plumage in a Sentence

  1. Wang Min:

    The well-preserved tail feathers in this new fossil bird provide great new information about how sexual selection has shaped the avian tail from their earliest stage, the complexity we see in Yuanchuavis's feathers is related to one of the reasons we hypothesize why living birds are so incredibly diverse, because they can separate themselves into different species just by differences in plumage and differences in song.

  2. Jean Anouilh:

    Poor little men, poor little cocks! As soon as they're old enough, they swell their plumage to be conquerors. If they only knew that it's enough to be just a little bit wounded and sad in order to obtain everything without fighting for it.

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