deplume

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deplume strip of feathers "pull a chicken","pluck the capon"
    • v deplume strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deplume To lay bare; to expose. "The exposure and depluming of the leading humbugs of the age."
    • Deplume To strip or pluck off the feather of; to deprive of of plumage. "On the depluming of the pope every bird had his own feather."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deplume To strip or pluck the feathers from; deprive of plumage; pluck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deplume de-plōōm′ to take the plumes or feathers from
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. deplumare,; L. de-, + plumare, to cover with feathers, pluma, feather: cf. deplumis, featherless, and F. déplumer,

Usage

In literature:

See this fellow, rage in his face and heart, carrying by the legs his cock, deplumed and dead.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
For he saw that the heron was dead, and the peregrines had already commenced depluming it.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
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