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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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Examples from the web for plumage
  • Various vultures have featherless necks, presumably to stop the blood and gore from their meals matting their plumage.
  • Hummingbirds have long been admired for their colorful and iridescent plumage.
  • They even have colors in their plumage that are invisible to the human eye.
  • They had little reason to think otherwise, since every swan ever examined had the same snowy plumage.
  • Only the band members, in their felt hats and feathers, provided any plumage.
  • They grow plumage that resembles fur more than feathers.
  • They are red caps, so named for a manner of freakish plumage that resembles external brains.
  • And you may spy an imperial pheasant, a handsome bird with a purple-blue plumage.
  • With regards to plumage gloss, but this is variable.
  • Differences in plumage are much more marked in females.
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.)).

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plumage in Science
The covering of feathers on a bird.
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