Word of the Day
Apps by Dictionary
Write a Super Short Story to win an iPod!
the plumage assumed by an adult bird at its complete, usually annual, molt.
(in birds having more than one plumage in their cycle of molts) the plumage of the first molt, usually the duller plumage.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for
it has much more contrast between the dark nape and white throat than the other species.
In winter, loons acquire a gray-above, white-below
Subadult loons may remain in
We get to see shorebirds in fading adult plumage as they molt into their
on their way through.
Discover our greatest slideshows
8 Tantalizing Terms for Eating
Speak the Season: 7 Essential Words...
11 Wily Whiskers
Let's Get Specific: 6 German words...
Browse more topics on our blog
What Is the Difference Between Discreet and Discrete?
Learn the correct uses of these two commonly confused homophones.
What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?
What mistaken pronunciation gave this character its name?
This small mark has two primary uses: to signify possession or omitted letters.
How Do I Get a Word into the Dictionary?
People invent new words all the time, but which ones actually make it?
Word of the Day
Difficulty index for
Few English speakers likely know this word
Word Value for
Words With Friends
Nearby words for basic plumage
basic encoding rules
basic fuchsin-methylene blue stain
basic input/output system
basic language for implementation of system software
basic lead carbonate
basic life support
basic multilingual plane
basic object adapter
basic object system
basic operating system
basic oxygen process
basic personality type
basic programming support
basic rate interface
basic service set