the hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal.

1820–30; < French, derivative of poil (Old French peil, pel; see poilu); see -age

pelagial [puh-ley-jee-uhl] , adjective Unabridged
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pelage (ˈpɛlɪdʒ)
the coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, wool, fur, etc
[C19: via French from Old French pel animal's coat, from Latin pilus hair]

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hairy, woolly, or furry coat of a mammal, distinguished from the underlying bare skin. The pelage is significant in several respects: as insulation; as a guard against injury; and, in its coloration and pattern, as a species adornment for mutual recognition among species members, concealment from enemies, or, in the case of many males, as a sexual allurement to promote courtship and mating. Compare plumage.

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The remainder of their pelage is usually a variation of reds and browns with
  buff or gray underfur.
It has a flattened bushy tail, eyes ringed with white, and a marked seasonal
  pelage difference.
The pelage of the red wolf can range from tawny brown or tan to a darker shade
  of russet.
The ears and membranes are blackish-brown and tend to contrast with the pelage.
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