Definition of plumate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpluːmeɪt/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


chiefly Biology
Resembling a feather; feathery.
Example sentences
  • The leaflets are in two planes, giving a slightly plumate appearance.
  • Her plumate cloud of midnight hair tumbled loose about her shoulders.
  • t is characterised by the heavy spotting on the sepals and petals, and by the beautiful plumate edges of the petals.


Early 19th century: from Latin pluma 'feather' + -ate2.

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