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Definitions of plumage

  1. the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
  2. The entire clothing of a bird.
  3. All of a bird's feathers; bright costume.
  4. The whole feathers of a bird.
  5. Feathers of a bird.
  6. The feathers that cover a bird; adornment.
  7. All the feathers of a bird.
  8. The feathers that cover a bird.
  9. The entire covering of feathers of a bird.
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Quotes of plumage

  1. Plumage features constitute a major component of courtship signals. – Peter R. Grant
  2. The theory of founder effects does not explain how novel features like plumage traits arise. – Peter R. Grant
  3. People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet. – Sa'Di

Usage examples for plumage

  1. His voice displayed itself like a peacock's plumage and died in spasms of " ohs" and " ahs." – The Red Lily, v2 by Anatole France
  2. It was fully seven feet in height, with powerful, stout legs, while its wings were so small that they could not be distinguished from its lightish brown and grey plumage – Adventures in Australia by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. She did not fly at either, but coolly turned her back and shook herself and smoothed her plumage like a ruffled bird. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  4. They were accepting Britt, in his gorgeous plumage as merely another strange item in the list of the signs and wonders that marked the latter days in Egypt. – When Egypt Went Broke by Holman Day
  5. A scuffle ensued, in which Fred succeeded in satisfying his curiosity; and with considerably ruffled plumage and not in the sweetest state of mind, Venus proceeded up stairs. – A Grandmother's Recollections by Ella Rodman
  6. As we loitered about, I looked at one of the birds in the cages around the little fountain, and praised its glowing plumage – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  7. Its plumage was dark- grey, and the bill and legs black. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  8. Guard against any red, gray or black in any part of the plumage – Ducks and Geese by Harry M. Lamon Rob R. Slocum
  9. It was not long before a small bird of beautiful plumage flew upon the tree under which she usually sat. – The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians by Henry R. Schoolcraft
  10. There she sits in front of a portico, while, asleep, with folded wings, is crouched on one side of her the figure of Love, with rosy feathers, and on the other the figure of Faith, with plumage of a deep azure. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  11. Feeding on honey and on insects which frequent honey- supplying flowers, the sun- bird is generally seen amid surroundings quite in keeping with the splendour of his plumage – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  12. Some had on such dazzling plumage and flew so swiftly. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  13. Then nothing would do but Luisa must admire his fine plumage and his father must declare that he was quite the finest pigeon he had ever seen. – Chico: the Story of a Homing Pigeon by Lucy M. Blanchard
  14. This bird has a dirty black plumage excepting a white bar across the wings. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  15. It is esteemed as delicious eating, and its plumage is extremely beautiful. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  16. They are fond of hovering in the air, and in such a position look beautiful, the black bar across the wing underneath them appearing like a W, and contrasting strongly with the otherwise delicate plumage of the bird. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  17. Now and then a white gull, flashing silver where its plumage caught the sun, soared landward. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  18. Entering the drawing- room, he threw himself upon the sofa, intending to smooth down his ruffled plumage by taking a nap. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood