Definition of plumage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpluːmɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
A bird’s feathers collectively: the male in full breeding plumage
More example sentences
  • Colourful crests make birds in breeding plumage easy to identify.
  • Variety in the lovebird's diet is the key to feather perfect plumage and a healthy bird.
  • By spring, the outer tips of the feathers have worn off to reveal the breeding plumage underneath.



[usually in combination]: a grey-plumaged bird
More example sentences
  • Brightly plumaged, these jays range just north of the Mexican border, in areas such as Hidalgo County, Texas, home of sizable rattlers.
  • The cock is a most beautifully plumaged bird; the hen is coloured silver and brown and is almost as large as the cock.
  • We've heard it lots of times, and I've seen female, but not the male, the fully plumaged male, who'll be a very, very dark blue, with white wings.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from plume 'feather'.

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