Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hairlike feather having few or no barbs, usually located between contour feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hair-like feather; a feather with a slender scape and without a web in most or all of its length.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hairlike feather; a father with a slender scape and without a web in most or all of its length.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, a thread-feather; a thread-like or hair-like feather, with a very slender stem, lacking webs in most or all of its length.

Etymologies

Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots + plume.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin filum a thread + pluma a soft feather. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Clinging to her hand below the wrist is a filoplume, white and weightless.

    Futurismic

  • In the bedroom after a steam that wasn't nearly long enough, she ran a hand along her pillow, where one slender filoplume rested.

    Futurismic

  • NEW FICTION: AWAKENING IN SIX PARTS by Karen M Roberts: In the bedroom after a steam that wasn't nearly long enough, she ran a hand along her pillow, where one slender filoplume rested.

    Futurismic

  • Lowering her filoplume lashes until they almost swept the blush from her cheeks, she said ever so gravely, "To be with you.

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