What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?

alternate plumage

noun, Ornithology
(of birds having more than one plumage in their cycle of molts) the plumage of the second molt, usually brighter than the basic plumage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for alternate plumage
  • In alternate plumage, the reddish-brown plumage is diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, the heavy barring on the underparts is diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, the males are distinctive with their reddish-brown head and neck.
  • In alternate plumage, the head plumes and horn are diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, it is more heavily streaked than the other species, especially on the flanks.

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for alternate plumage

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for alternate

Scrabble Words With Friends