Definition of deplume in English:


Syllabification: de·plume
Pronunciation: /dēˈplo͞om


[with object]
  • 1Deprive (a bird) of feathers.
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    • None of its limbs should be cut, skinned or immersed in hot water or feathers be deplumed without making sure of its death.
    • If these skin lesions are found then it seems reasonable to suspect that depluming mites are prevalent.
    • The carcass is then deplumed and rinsed using a conventional picker with ambient temperature salt-water.
  • 1.1 archaic Strip or deprive of honor, status, or wealth.
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    • Even the Archangel Michael, who led the army of faithful angels against Lucifer's rebels, is deplumed and left with a rusted sword.
    • The Public may not, perhaps, be very eager to assist Mr. Davis in his favourite amusement of depluming me.


late Middle English: from Old French desplumer or medieval Latin deplumare, from des-, de- (expressing reversal) + Latin pluma 'feather'.

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