plume


plume
plume [plo͞om]
n.
[OFr < L pluma, downy part of a feather, small soft feather < IE base * pleus-, to pluck out, fluff of wool, hair > FLEECE]
1.
a) a feather, esp. a large, fluffy, or showy one
b) a cluster of such feathers
2. an ornament made of a large feather or feathers, or of a feathery tuft of hair, esp. when worn on a hat, helmet, etc. as a mark of distinction
3. any token of worth or achievement; prize
4. plumage or down
5. something like a plume in shape or lightness [a plume of smoke]
6. Biol. a featherlike formation or part
7. Geol. a plume-shaped mass of molten rock that rises through the crust from the mantle of the earth and causes volcanic activity
vt.
plumed, pluming
1. to provide, cover, or adorn with plumes
2.
a) to smooth the feathers of (itself)
b) to preen (its feathers): said of a bird
3. to pride (oneself)

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Plume — Plume, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pluming}.] [Cf. F. plumer to pluck, to strip, L. plumare to cover with feathers.] 1. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or prink. [1913 Webster] Pluming her wings among the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • plume — ► NOUN 1) a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers. 2) a long spreading cloud of smoke or vapour. 3) Geology a column of magma rising by convection in the earth s mantle. ► VERB 1) (plumed) decorated with feathers. 2) (of smoke or vapour)… …   English terms dictionary

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