Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To pluck the feathers from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To strip of feathers or plumage.
  • v. To lay bare; to expose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strip or pluck off the feather of; to deprive of of plumage.
  • transitive v. To lay bare; to expose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strip or pluck the feathers from; deprive of plumage; pluck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. strip of feathers
  • v. strip of honors, possessions, or attributes

Etymologies

Middle English deplumen, from Old French deplumer, from Medieval Latin dēplūmāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin plūma, feather.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin deplumare; Latin de- + plumare to cover with feathers, pluma feather: compare deplumis featherless, and French déplumer. (Wiktionary)

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