Ardea candidissima
Plume Plume, n. [F., fr. L. pluma. Cf. {Fly}, v.] [1913 Webster] 1. A feather; esp., a soft, downy feather, or a long, conspicuous, or handsome feather. [1913 Webster]

Wings . . . of many a colored plume. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An ornamental tuft of feathers. [1913 Webster]

3. A feather, or group of feathers, worn as an ornament; a waving ornament of hair, or other material resembling feathers. [1913 Webster]

His high plume, that nodded o'er his head. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A token of honor or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward. ``Ambitious to win from me some plume.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bot.) A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses. [1913 Webster]

{Plume bird} (Zo["o]l.), any bird that yields ornamental plumes, especially the species of Epimarchus from New Guinea, and some of the herons and egrets, as the white heron of Florida ({Ardea candidissima}).

{Plume grass}. (Bot) (a) A kind of grass ({Erianthus saccharoides}) with the spikelets arranged in great silky plumes, growing in swamps in the Southern United States. (b) The still finer {Erianthus Ravenn[ae]} from the Mediterranean region. The name is sometimes extended to the whole genus.

{Plume moth} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous small, slender moths, belonging to the family {Pterophorid[ae]}. Most of them have the wings deeply divided into two or more plumelike lobes. Some species are injurious to the grapevine.

{Plume nutmeg} (Bot.), an aromatic Australian tree ({Atherosperma moschata}), whose numerous carpels are tipped with long plumose persistent styles. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ardea candidissima — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea candidissima — Egret E gret, n. [See {Aigret}, {Heron}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret ({Ardea egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea candidissima — Snowy Snow y, a. 1. White like snow. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. The snowy top of cold Olympus. Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea cinerea — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea coerulea — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea herodias — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea virescens — Heron Her on, n. [OE. heiroun, heroun, heron, hern, OF. hairon, F. h[ e]ron, OHG. heigir; cf. Icel. hegri, Dan. heire, Sw. h[ a]ger, and also G. h[ a]her jay, jackdaw, OHG. hehara, higere, woodpecker, magpie, D. reiger heron, G. reiher, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea alba — Egret E gret, n. [See {Aigret}, {Heron}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret ({Ardea egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea egretta — Egret E gret, n. [See {Aigret}, {Heron}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret ({Ardea egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ardea garzetta — Egret E gret, n. [See {Aigret}, {Heron}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several species of herons which bear plumes on the back. They are generally white. Among the best known species are the American egret ({Ardea egretta} syn. {Herodias egretta});… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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