Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plume of an ostrich; an ostrich-feather; specifically, one of the quill-feathers of the wings or tail.
  • n. A name of Aglaophenia struthionides, one of the plumularian hydromedusans. See Aglaophenia.

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Examples

  • Well, it was hard lines on her, but duty called, so I just popped my head round her door to call a chaste farewell - and there she was, dammit, reclining languorously on the coverlet like one of those randy classical goddesses, wearing nothing but the big ostrich-plume fan I'd brought her from Egypt, and her sniggering maid turning the lamp down low.

    Fiancée

  • He described the ostrich-plume hat, the blue wool cloak, my green cape, and my beaded slippers.

    The Book of Unholy Mischief

  • A waving ostrich-plume — a buckler burnished bright;

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • Behind her seat a sullen handsome girl waved an ostrich-plume fan with a slow rhythm.

    The Conquering Sword of Conan

  • Well, it was hard lines on her, but duty called, so I just popped my head round her door to call a chaste farewell — and there she was, dammit, reclining languorously on the coverlet like one of those randy classical goddesses, wearing nothing but the big ostrich-plume fan I'd brought her from Egypt, and her sniggering maid turning the lamp down low.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • The large, bright eye glanced with the prettiest shyness at its captors, and the cluster of feathers forming its tail drooped with the rare grace of an ostrich-plume.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • In his right hand the gentleman carried a broad black hat with a scarlet ostrich-plume, in his left hand an ebony cane.

    Captain Blood

  • So shiny was he that you could see reflected on his sides the black, gold-spangled tights and fluffy black skirts worn by Mlle. Zaretti, who poised on his back as lightly as if she had been an ostrich-plume dropped on a snow-bank and who smilingly kissed her finger-tips to the craning-necked tiers of spectators with charming indiscrimination and admirable impartiality.

    Horses Nine Stories of Harness and Saddle

  • Involuntarily, the Doomsman stepped back and another arrow grazed his heel; a half turn to the right and a third shaft sheared the curling ostrich-plume from his hat.

    The Doomsman

  • He of the ostrich-plume spurred to the gallop; inevitably their paths must intersect a few yards farther on.

    The Doomsman

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