One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bird's feathers collectively.
plume, quillView synonyms
- ‘The female in breeding plumage has a gray back with chestnut and black on the wings.’
- ‘One could scarcely grow tired of seeing such a parade of plumage even if warblers were common.’
- ‘The ruddy duck, an attractive bird with chestnut plumage and a bright blue bill is well settled as a species in England.’
- ‘The male in breeding plumage is bright yellow with a black forehead, wings, and tail.’
- ‘It was a bird with beautiful plumage on the top of it's shiny head, and a long beak protruded.’
- ‘However, a single excellent sighting of a male in full plumage singing in the sun is enough for us.’
- ‘Males attract mates using song, iridescent plumage and dramatic display flights.’
- ‘By spring, the outer tips of the feathers have worn off to reveal the breeding plumage underneath.’
- ‘But underneath their matt chocolate plumage and chestnut leg feathers, they are very slight.’
- ‘The crane has light to dark blue-gray plumage and a crimson cap at the back of its crown.’
- ‘Colourful crests make birds in breeding plumage easy to identify.’
- ‘Adults in breeding plumage are light brown, and have black spots on their wings.’
- ‘Unlike most birds with different breeding and non-breeding plumages, longspurs molt only once a year.’
- ‘Both the juvenile and the adult have golden plumage at the napes of their necks.’
- ‘Bright plumage make this bird unmistakable, though often hard to see in the shade of a river bank.’
- ‘The male's body plumage is glossy black, and the wings and tail feathers are white.’
- ‘The Steller's Jay is a striking bird with deep blue and black plumage and a long, shaggy crest.’
- ‘The bird was unmistakably a male American Kestrel in full blue and orange plumage.’
- ‘Variety in the lovebird's diet is the key to feather perfect plumage and a healthy bird.’
- ‘In non-breeding plumage the males are brown with white on the face and a round white spot at each ear.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from plume ‘feather’.
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