Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, or wool, as distinct from bare skin.
  • noun Something that resembles the coat of a mammal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The hair, fur, wool, or other soft covering of a mammal: a common technical term in zoölogy, used as plumage is with regard to birds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The covering, or coat, of a mammal, whether of wool, fur, or hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun fur, or any other form of the coat of a mammal collectively

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

  • noun growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

Etymologies

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

[French, from Old French, from peil, pel, hair, from Latin pilus.]

Examples

  • But, remember, the pelage must be of the long and shaggy variety.

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  • It's not surprising, then, that Ms. Prada, along with other designers known as much for their wit as their sartorial skills Isaac Mizrahi and Scott Sternberg, to name two have also made colorful wares in real pelage.

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  • Abstract: Based on examination of molecular data and pelage patterns, it has recently been suggested that the island populations of the clouded leopard, traditionally considered a subspecies, may, in fact constitute a separate species.

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  • The new species has several subtle morphological and phenotypic characters that distinguish it from its sibling species E. edwardii, the most striking of which is the presence of a tail-tuft, as well as the color of the flanks and the ventral pelage.

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  • The new species is obviously different from the known species based on pelage coloration, external measurements and cranial characteristics, according to the researchers.

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  • They lost their foxy pelage and became piebald black and white, like Welsh collies.

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  • They lost their foxy pelage and became piebald black and white, like Welsh collies.

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  • Not to worry, the same hot middle-aged firewomerns who saved him will brush out his pelage with crushed windmill cookies.

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  • Can any romance heroine resist digging her fingers into her werewolf boyfriend's plush pelage?

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  • On them, Nowak (1999) wrote ‘The pinna of the external ear is well developed, but is partly concealed in the pelage’ (p. 7).

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  • The coat of a mammal, consisting of hair, fur, or wool.

    June 8, 2007

  • "Vollosovich speculated that when it died, the mammoth was molting, losing its summer coat and growing its winter pelage."

    —Richard Stone, Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant, (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2001), 99

    September 20, 2008