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The rudimentary shoot or stem of an embryo plant.
sprout, shoot, flowerlet, floretView synonyms
- ‘Radicles or plumules were excised from the embryos and similarly incubated.’
- ‘The embryo epidermis, the plumule and the radicle tissues were never probed.’
A bird's down feather, numbers of which form an insulating layer under the contour feathers.
plume, quillView synonyms
- ‘The second group includes down feathers, or plumules, which are softer and shorter than contour feathers.’
- ‘Geese are larger than ducks so their down plumules are larger and typically geese from colder climates such as central and northern Europe have the largest plumules.’
Early 18th century: from French plumule or Latin plumula small feather, diminutive of pluma down.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.