One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having many fine filaments or branches which give a feathery appearance.
feathered, plumed, plumyView synonyms
- ‘Some of the muscovite forms attractive plumose sprays of large blades.’
- ‘These crystalline minerals likely comprise dark brown to black inclusions within the plume; such inclusions have a metallic to submetallic luster and can themselves vary from plumose textures to discrete granules.’
- ‘Fruits of this species are glabrous achenes, with sepals modified into plumose bristles and are frequently wind-dispersed.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin plumosus ‘full of down or feathers’, from pluma ‘down’.
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