Definition of plumose in English:


Line breaks: plum|ose
Pronunciation: /pluːˈməʊs
, ˈpluːməʊs
, -z/


chiefly Biology
  • Having many fine filaments or branches which give a feathery appearance.
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    • 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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