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[ploo-mij] /ˈplu mɪdʒ/
the entire feathery covering of a bird.
feathers collectively.
Origin of plumage
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French. See plume, -age
Related forms
plumaged, adjective Unabridged
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  • His plumage is of a pale yellow, marked with brown and nest-coloured zig-zag patches and shades.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Their plumage is quite beautiful, and so changeable that no painting can imitate it.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Here I also saw my first mountain bluebird, whose back and breast are wholly blue, there being no rufous at all in his plumage.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The larger part of the plumage is of a light green, the lower portion of the back a deep crimson-red.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • His plumage is in rather a drabbled state, owing to these performances.

  • The willow-warbler is a rather larger bird with a tinge of yellow in his plumage.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • Her feathers even were portentous in the moonlight, like the plumage of some gigantic bird.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for plumage


the layer of feathers covering the body of a bird
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from plume feather, from Latin plūma down
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Word Origin and History for plumage

late 14c., "feathers," from Old French plumage "plumage, appearance" (14c.), from plume (see plume (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plumage in Science
The covering of feathers on a bird.
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