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pelage

[pel-ij] /ˈpɛl ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.
Origin of pelage
1820-1830
1820-30; < French, derivative of poil (Old French peil, pel; see poilu); see -age
Related forms
pelagial
[puh-ley-jee-uh l] /pəˈleɪ dʒi əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • It has acquired approximately half of the white winter pelage and was taken on October 12, 1897, at Keechelus Lake.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • The winter pelage is brown in all specimens at most localities.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • Some of the former return toward the end of August while still retaining most of the winter pelage.

  • The skin, in brown winter pelage, is stuffed and in good condition.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • In late summer the pelage on the tail is markedly worn, and the hairs around its outer margin are broken.

  • Of the 40 specimens seen in winter pelage, only one is white.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • Effects of gonadotropic hormone on the pelage of white winter long-tailed weasels; abstract.

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  • Of the 21 specimens in winter pelage, 17 are white and four are brown.

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  • This is illustrated by three specimens of M. f. spadix in fresh summer pelage from the single locality, Elk River, Minnesota.

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British Dictionary definitions for pelage

pelage

/ˈpɛlɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair
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Word Origin and History for pelage
n.

"coat of a mammal," from French pelage "hair or wool of an animal" (16c.), from Old French pel "hair," from Latin pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)).

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