eclipse plumage
noun Date: 1906 comparatively dull plumage that is usually of seasonal occurrence in birds exhibiting a distinct breeding plumage

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • eclipse plumage — noun : comparatively dull plumage usually of seasonal occurrence in birds that exhibit a distinct nuptial plumage; specifically : dull plumage developed in the adult male following a postnuptial molt compare nuptial plumage * * * Ornith. the dull …   Useful english dictionary

  • eclipse plumage — Ornith. the dull plumage developed in some brightly colored birds after the breeding season. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Eclipse (disambiguation) — Eclipse may refer to:Astronomy* Eclipse * Lunar eclipse * Solar eclipse * Eclipse cycleBiology* Eclipse plumage of birdsComputing* Eclipse (software), an integrated development environment for software * Eclipse Foundation, a non profit… …   Wikipedia

  • Plumage — The differences in plumage of a Blue Grosbeak, from top to bottom, between a breeding male (alternate plumage) a non breeding male (basic plumage), a female and a related Indigo Bunting Plumage refers both to the layer of feathers that cover a… …   Wikipedia

  • Plumage éclipse — Lagopède alpin (Lagopus mutus) en plumage de transition entre le plumage blanc hivernal, et brun de l été. Le plumage éclipse, plumage d éclipse ou phase d éclipse désigne le plumage que présentent les oiseaux mâles en dehors de la période de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • plumage — plumaged, adj. /plooh mij/, n. 1. the entire feathery covering of a bird. 2. feathers collectively. [1375 1425; late ME < MF. See PLUME, AGE] * * * ▪ bird anatomy       collective feathered covering of a bird. It provides protection, insulation,… …   Universalium

  • eclipse — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein to omit, fail, suffer eclipse, from ex + leipein to leave more at loan Date: 13th century 1. a. the total or partial obscuring of one… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Plumage d'éclipse — Plume Pour les articles homonymes, voir Plume (homonymie). Schéma d une plume. Une plume est, chez les oiseaux, une production …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Plumage — Plume Pour les articles homonymes, voir Plume (homonymie). Schéma d une plume. Une plume est, chez les oiseaux, une production …   Wikipédia en Français

  • eclipse — 1. noun /ɛˈklɪps,iˈklɪps/ a) An astronomical alignment in which a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle object onto the …   Wiktionary

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