plum-, plumi-, -plume +
2. To deprive of feathers; to pluck.
3. To strip of honor, wealth, etc.
2. A feather with a slender scape (stem-like) and without a web in most or all of its length.
2. Etymology: from French nom, "name" + de, "of" + plume, "pen" (or "feather").
The "pen" part comes from "feather" from which pens were once made.
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Consisting of the contour feathers, or the ordinary feathers covering the head, neck, and body; the tail feathers, with their upper and lower coverts; the wing feathers, including primaries, secondaries, and tertiaries, with their coverts; and the down which lies beneath the contour feathers.2. The covering of feathers over a bird's body.
It may vary with the age of the bird or the season of the year, and accordingly it may be described as breeding plumage, winter plumage, or juvenile, immature, or adult plumage.
In detailed descriptions of the external feathers (topography) of birds, standardized names are normally used for the various sections of the plumage, for example malar region and tail coverts.
The malar region refers to the cheek, defined in birds as the area in front of, and slightly below, the eyes.
The tail coverts are the small feathers covering the base of the tail. They are grouped as upper and lower tail coverts.
2. Resembling a plume or feather.
2. A feather; especially, a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather.
3. An ornamental tuft of feathers.
4. A large feather or cluster of feathers worn as an ornament or symbol of rank; such as, those worn on a helmet.
5. A structure or form that is like a long feather: "It rose like a plume of smoke."
6. In ecology, a space in air, water, or soil containing pollutants released from a point source.
7. In geology, an upwelling of molten material from the earth's mantle.