Definition of plumose in English:

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Pronunciation: /pluːˈməʊs/
Pronunciation: /ˈpluːməʊs/
Pronunciation: /ˈpluːməʊz/


chiefly Biology
Having many fine filaments or branches which give a feathery appearance.
Example sentences
  • Fruits of this species are glabrous achenes, with sepals modified into plumose bristles and are frequently wind-dispersed.
  • 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.
  • Some of the muscovite forms attractive plumose sprays of large blades.


Mid 18th century: from Latin plumosus 'full of down or feathers', from pluma 'down'.

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