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plumate Line breaks: plum|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈpluːmeɪt/

Definition of plumate in English:

adjective

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.

Origin

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

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