from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The covering of feathers on a bird.
- n. Feathers used ornamentally.
- n. Elaborate dress; finery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Feathers, either covering a bird or used ornamentally
- n. Finery or elaborate dress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The entire clothing of a bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The feathery covering of birds; feathers collectively; ptilosis. See feather and pterylosis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
Middle English, from Old French, from plume, plume, from Latin plūma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French plumage (14c.), itself from plume 'feather' (from Latin pluma, "feather, down", from a Proto-Indo-European base *pleus- "to pluck, a feather, fleece") + -age (Wiktionary)