plume

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin pluma (feather) via Old French plume

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plume (plural plumes)

  1. A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one.
    • Milton
      wings [] of many a coloured plume
  2. The furry tail of certain dog breeds (e.g. Samoyed, Malteagle) that stands erect or curls over their backs.
  3. A cluster of feathers worn as an ornament, especially on a helmet.
    • Dryden
      his high plume, that nodded o'er his head
  4. A token of honour or prowess; that on which one prides himself; a prize or reward.
    • Milton
      ambitious to win from me some plume
  5. An upward spray of water or mist.
  6. (geology) An upwelling of molten material from the Earth's mantle.
  7. (astronomy) An arc of glowing material erupting from the surface of a star.
  8. A large and flexible panicle of inflorescence resembling a feather, such as is seen in certain large ornamental grasses.

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Verb[edit]

plume (third-person singular simple present plumes, present participle pluming, simple past and past participle plumed)

  1. (transitive) To preen and arrange the feathers of.
    • Washington Irving
      pluming her wings among the breezy bowers
  2. (transitive) To congratulate (oneself) proudly.
    He plumes himself on his skill.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of South to this entry?)
  3. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage; also, to peel.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  4. To adorn with feathers or plumes.
    • Shakespeare
      Farewell the plumed troop.
  5. To form a plume.
    Smoke plumed from his pipe then slowly settled towards the floor.
  6. To write; to pen.

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French plume, from Latin plūma.

plume

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plume f (plural plumes)

  1. feather
  2. quill

Verb[edit]

plume

  1. first-person singular present indicative of plumer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of plumer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of plumer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of plumer
  5. second-person singular imperative of plumer

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin plūma.

Noun[edit]

plume f (plural plumis)

  1. plume, feather

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin plūma.

Noun[edit]

plume f (oblique plural plumes, nominative singular plume, nominative plural plumes)

  1. feather; plume

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