noun[mass noun] Zoology
The fur, hair, or wool of a mammal.
- The evolution of endothermic metabolic rates and pelage and plumage in the earliest mammals and birds, respectively, followed radically different sequential chronologies.
- The pelage lacks underfur and is usually some shade of brown.
- The pelage consists almost entirely of underfur; it is remarkably iridescent, fine, and silky.
Early 19th century: from French, from Old French pel 'hair'.
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