Definition of pelage in English:

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pelage

Pronunciation: /ˈpelij/

noun

Zoology
The fur, hair, or wool of a mammal.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French, from Old French pel 'hair'.

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