Plumage
Plumage Plum"age (pl[=u]m"[asl]j), n. [F., from plume a feather.] (Zo["o]l.) The entire clothing of a bird. [1913 Webster]

Note: It consist 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. See Illust. under {Bird}. [1913 Webster]


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