• WordNet 3.6
    • n plumage the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plumage (Zoöl) The entire clothing of a bird.☞ It consist of the contour feathers, or the ordinary feathers covering the head, neck, and body; the tail feathers, with their upper and lower coverts; the wing feathers, including primaries, secondaries, and tertiaries, with their coverts; and the down which lies beneath the contour feathers. See Illust. under Bird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plumage The feathery covering of birds; feathers collectively; ptilosis. See feather and pterylosis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plumage plōōm′āj the whole feathers of a bird.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from plume, a feather
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—plume, a feather.


In literature:

The remainder of the plumage is brown, but is everywhere heavily spotted with white.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
The use of its plumage in magic is strongly condemned.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The plumage of the gangas is very beautiful and the flesh is excellent eating.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
He has also much gold and silver plate, and ducks and geese with gold and silver plumage.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Her plumage was disordered.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
From the red-brown eggs had come birds of gorgeous plumage.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
On a distant point stood a troop of flamingoes, drawn up in order like a company of soldiers, their scarlet plumage shining in the sun.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Be very careful not to spoil the plumage of the birds.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
I thought he had missed it, but Ebo ran ahead and returned directly with a most lovely kingfisher in glorious plumage.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
Now and then we saw monkeys gambolling among the trees, as well as many birds of brilliant plumage.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

My plumage bears the crimson blush,
When ocean by the sun is kissed!
When fades the evening's purple flush,
My dark wing cleaves the silver mist.
"The Sea Diver" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thy song may be hushed, thy plumage be soiled,
Struck from the summit to which thou hast toiled:
Be hopeful, thy pinions may bear thee again
On high, and thy song be poured not in vain.
"Be Hopeful: I -- The Lark" by Janet Hamilton
But say what bears him?—Ye have seen
The Indian's bow, his arrows keen,
Rare beasts, and birds with plumage bright;
Gifts which, for wonder or delight,
Are brought in ships from far.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
"Were you like the peacock, that elegant bird,
The sight of whose plumage her master may please,
I then should not wonder that you are preferred
To the yard, where in affluence you live at your ease.
"The Sparrow And The Hen" by Charles Lamb
The bird that dips his flight in noonday sun,
May fall, and spread his plumage on the plain;
But when immortal mind its work hath done
On earth, in heaven a nobler work 's begun,
And it can never downward turn again.
"The Lute Of Afric's Tribe" by Albery Allson Whitman
Are these thy breasts, are these thine eyes, these two
Golden-bright flowers of harmonious hue?
These grasses, hanging like some plumage rare.
Bathed in the stream they ruffle by their touch.
Are they the strands of thy smooth, glossy hair?
"Excerpts from "LES HEURES CLAIRES" (English translations)" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

New Book Brings Joyful Splash of Plumage , Real and Imagined.
Audubon's Birds Display Their Plumage at the Barnum.
Ayla is wearing bells on her feet so that Barney can keep track of her while hunting -- her plumage is too effective a camouflage.
When birding folks identify birds, it is primarily by body size, shape and plumage coloration that are the first clues to solving the riddle.
A tom turkey displays his full plumage in Allyn Hudson's yard in Norwood recently.
A Willow Ptarmigan in winter plumage walks on the snow near Churchill, Manitoba, in early November.
Owls have the uncanny ability to fly silently, relying on specialized plumage to reduce noise so they can hunt in acoustic stealth.
Audubon's Birds Display Their Plumage at the Barnum .
New Book Brings Joyful Splash of Plumage, Real and Imagined.
Click on each feather and you also get a dozen choices of wildly colorful plumage.
The snowy owl 's beautiful white plumage helps to hide it in its Arctic habitat.
Black terns pass through in a variety of plumages in spring and fall., a new by-invitation shopping site that will act as virtual host to a rarefied clique: editors, designers and well-born New Yorkers, who will flaunt and sell their plumage.
Could its unusual color be a plumage abnormality.
Popularized by the Harry Potter series, snowy owls—with their striking white plumage to match their Arctic home—look perfect for the world of wizards.

In science:

Before being released back to the pen, the hen was weighed (±1g) and the post-nuptial moulting status of the plumage was determined by visual examination.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Firstly, the mean body mass of the six week old ducklings was about 84% of that of the females and, at this age their morphological aspect (size and plumage) is close to that of the hen (Gollop and Marshall, 1954, Anonymous, 1982).
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
The ivory-billed woodpecker, once prized for its plumage and sought by American Indians as magical, was thought to be extinct for years.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion