the light horny waterproof construction developing the outside covering of wild birds
- The entire clothing of a bird
- The entire garments of a bird.
belated 14c., "feathers," from Old French plumage "plumage, appearance" (14c.), from plume (see plume (n.)).
the definition of for the feathers on a fowl bird
The variegated plumage of the Snipe is subject to no inconsiderable variation, especially in the extent of dark markings on the belly, flanks, and axillaries, while examples are occasionally seen in which no trace of white, and hardly any of buff or grey, is visible, the place of these tints being taken by several shades of chocolate-brown.