One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Deprive (a bird) of feathers.
remove the feathers from, strip of feathersView synonyms
- ‘The carcass is then deplumed and rinsed using a conventional picker with ambient temperature salt-water.’
- ‘Scalyleg and depluming mites are occasionally found on flocks in the state, particularly on farm flocks.’
- ‘Other pests may infest chickens in different areas; fleas, ticks and depluming lice are just a few.’
- ‘If you think the name sounds familiar, it's taken from the lyrics of a French children's song about depluming a chicken so you can cook it.’
- ‘The depluming itch mite is a burrowing mite that can cause feather loss and stimulate cannibalism.’
- ‘Whether dealing with lice, depluming scabies mites, feather mites, or red bird mites, get an effective but not harmful disinfectant from your avian veterinarian or pet dealer.’
- ‘Sometimes the depluming mite - a smaller version of the scaly leg mite - can be treated by putting vegetable oil over the affected parts.’
- ‘But one day he began to do acrobatic tricks on the beams in the kitchen and fell into the pot of stew with a sailor's shout of every man for himself, and with such good luck the cook managed to scoop him out with the ladle, scalded and deplumed but still alive.’
- ‘If these skin lesions are found then it seems reasonable to suspect that depluming mites are prevalent.’
- ‘She had no problem slicing its throat and depluming its body.’
- ‘And they seemed intent on depluming the bird world too, particularly ostriches, who had better hide more than their heads in the future.’
- ‘Slain roosters are deplumed for use as feather dusters, and are cooked in a special dish called talunan, while others are simply buried by their grieving owners.’
- ‘None of its limbs should be cut, skinned or immersed in hot water or feathers be deplumed without making sure of its death.’
- 1.1archaic Strip or deprive of honor, status, or wealth.‘they kept gaming tables where the unwary were speedily deplumed’
- ‘Even the Archangel Michael, who led the army of faithful angels against Lucifer's rebels, is deplumed and left with a rusted sword.’
- ‘The Public may not, perhaps, be very eager to assist Mr. Davis in his favourite amusement of depluming me.’
Late Middle English: from Old French desplumer or medieval Latin deplumare, from des-, de- (expressing reversal) + Latin pluma ‘feather’.
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